Last week, we began rooting for Jeopardy! contestant Cindy Stowell, who passed away of cancer the week before her episodes began airing. The 41-year-old was on painkillers, and had a high-grade fever and blood infection when she taped her episodes, but she didn't let that stop her from winning six games. Stowell's winning streak came to an end in Wednesday's game when she lost to another contestant, but she earned a total of $105,803. That money, as Stowell intended when she made it on the show, will be donated to cancer research.
At the conclusion of Stowell's final episode, host Alex Trebek shared a brief but heartfelt tribute to the champion, offering condolences to her family and friends.
But the show didn't stop there. They also posted a video to Facebook chronicling Stowell's journey on Jeopardy!, including an interview with the contestant herself. She shared that she began watching the show in the '80s and even tried out for the teen tournament when she was younger, but didn't make it past the written exam. She also spoke about the stress of each game, none of which were runaways. "Even when you think the odds are completely against you," she said, "somehow, via luck or something, things can work out."
Stowell then shared her intention of donating the money. "I wanted to donate a lot of the money to cancer research, partly because ... I'm dying of cancer," she said, getting teary-eyed. "And I really would like the money that I win to be used to help others, so this seems like a good opportunity."
Hear Stowell's amazing story in the video below: