Avi Gupta, a Portland resident and Jeopardy champion, has donated $10,314 to Oregon Health & Science Industry’s Knight Cancer Institute. The contribution was made in honor of Alex Trebek.
Last summer, Gupa won Jeopardy’s Teen Tournament and collected over $100,000 in prize money. Gupta says, “I hope it makes a difference”, referring to his donation which is a nod to Pi, a mathematical constant.
Jeopardy host Alex Trebek has been in an ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer, and has been a role model to Avi Gupta his whole life.
The Knight Cancer Institute’s director, Dr. Brian Druker, pledged to match the contribution from Gupta to make it a true “Daily Double.” Druker said, “what a remarkable young man and what a great gesture. We hope it inspires lots and lots more people.”
In a 2013 campaign, Druker raised over $500 million from 10,000 donors, led by Columbia Sportwear’s Gert Boyle.
“Everyone knows someone or has been affected by cancer in some way,” said Gupta. “I believe scientists are winning the fight against cancer, we just need to help them to do more.”
For those interested in donating to Oregon Health & Science University’s campaign, you can do so here.