After recently losing her battle with cancer, Cindy Stowell became the first contestant to ever make a posthumous debut on Jeopardy! Some of us have bucket list items like seeing Egypt’s pyramids and Spain’s bulls, and participating in the iconic trivia show offered Stowell that same, transcendent experience.
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“Cindy came on Jeopardy! to play the game she loved,” explains her former boyfriend Jason with Greg and Carole Stowell, her parents, in a joint statement published by MSN. When Stowel filmed her episode of Jeopardy! back in August she knew she only had 6 months to live, faced with progressive State IV cancer. She was allowed to tape her appearance just three weeks after auditioning after explaining to one of the show producers she only had six months to live.
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“Competing on Jeopardy! was a lifelong dream for Cindy, and we’re glad she was able to do so,” longtime host Alex Trebek said in a statement published by the New York Post. The fact that she was able to realize our dream offers inspiration to all of us. Adding onto that, her $23,000 of earnings from the show were for cancer research, making this extraordinary experience both exemplary in regards to self love, and the act of giving.
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Cindy Stowell made one of the most memorable appearances on the show’s 60+ year history by appearing posthumously on the show this week. The Stowell family has asked that people who would like to celebrate Cindy’s life and further the work being done to eradicate cancer can make a donation to the Cancer Research Institute in Cindy’s name.
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