As most know, Naperville native James Holzhauer’s run on Jeopardy ended on June 3rd after winning 32 consecutive games and winning $2,462,216. Most also know that Jeopardy host Alex Trebek revealed his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in March 2019.
In 2010, Naperville resident, Ann Zediker’s father was also diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and she quickly saw a man who loved life to the fullest start to deteriorate despite treatment. Just five months after his diagnosis, Ann’s father passed away.
Now, Ann is fighting for a cure so that other families can be spared from the pain of losing a loved one and is working tirelessly to raise awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research.
Zediker started the Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk at the Naperville Pavilion and has raised over $550,000 to date with every dollar going directly to research through the Lustgarten Foundation.
She invited Holzhauer to join this year’s walk on July 14, 2019.
“I sent him an email saying that it’s been interesting to see paths cross in my life and I feel like it’s time for our paths to cross,” Ann says. “I told him that Trebek’s diagnosis rocked the world, and my heart sank to hear about how pancreatic cancer hit another beautiful soul and family. I shared with him how I lost my father from pancreatic cancer.”
Holzhauer responded that he would not be in town on July 14th but would love to give a donation and sent $1000 to https://events.lustgarten.org/team/206375
Zediker was absolutely thrilled and hopes others can join their fight against Pancreatic Cancer.
The Lustgarten Walk—Naperville will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. on July 14th, followed by a walk at 9:45 a.m. This year’s event includes sponsorships from Immunovia, 101.9 The Mix, Marquee Event Rentals, Belgio’s Catering, john greene Realtor and many others.
For more information and to register, visit www.lustgarten.org or call 1.866.789.1000.