Maple Syrup. Tim Hortons. Alex Trebek.
When it comes to truly Canadian things, Alex Trebek is as iconic as they come. The famed game show host has been the face of Jeopardy since 1984 and is a favourite on our own CHEK Channel on Vancouver Island.
With fans in every corner of the globe, that’s why it was devastating when he announced last March that he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.
“I’m going to fight this and I am going to keep working” Trebek said in a video message to fans at this time last year. “I plan to beat the low survival rates statistics for this disease.”
Over the year, Trebek has been overwhelmed with the volumes of support from contests to fans and today, he issued a one-year update on his diagnosis.
“The one year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is 18%. I’m very happy to report I have just reached that marker.” Trebek said.
Although the tone was overall positive, the game show host outlined that there were “moments of great pain” and “massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it was really worth fighting on.”
Despite the roller-coaster of a year that Trebek hinted at, his message was one of hope.
With his eyes set on surpassing the two-year survival rate – which dips to 7% – the man, who has been recently dubbed the ‘G.H.O.S.T’, left the viewers with this: “If we take it just one day at a time with a positive attitude, anything is possible…I’ll keep you posted.”