A "Jeopardy!" contestant whose final wish was to be on the TV game show has passed away from cancer.
Cindy Stowell, 41, of Austin, Texas, was preparing for an in-person audition for the popular TV game show when her doctors gave her the devastating news that she had colon cancer, Inspire More reported.
With only a few months left to live, Stowell reached out to the producer of "Jeopardy!" and The New York Times published an excerpt from that email:
Do you have any idea how long it typically takes between an in-person interview and the taping date? I ask because I just found out that I don’t have too much longer to live. The doctor’s best guess is about six months. If there is the chance that I’d be able to still tape episodes of ‘Jeopardy!’ if I were selected, I’d like to do that and donate any winnings to charities involved in cancer research. It if is unlikely that the turnaround time would be that quick, then I’d like to give up my tryout spot to someone else.
Three weeks passed, and Stowell was booked for the show. Only a few staff members knew about her cancer, including host Alex Trebek.
Stowell managed to win six shows in a row with Stage IV cancer. She was on painkillers, had a high fever and was fighting a blood infection throughout her run.
The science content developer passed away on Dec. 5, just a few days before her episodes were set to air. She raised more than $103,000, according to The New York Times. All of it is going to the Cancer Research Institute, KXAN reports.
“Cindy came on ‘Jeopardy!’ to play the game she loved, and in doing so, she was able to make a contribution to cancer research in the hopes that no one else would have to go through what she did," Stowell's family said in a statement.
“She knew she wasn’t going to be around, and so she felt like the best thing she could do was try to help do what she could to help get us to a cure faster," Stowell's boyfriend added.