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Walla Wallans Sharon and Larry Clinton sure have been inspired to fight pancreatic cancer because of the generosity of professional sports gambler James Holzhauer.

Also a game show contestant, the 35-year-old Las Vegas resident made waves in the news big time this spring while winning 32 games as champion on quiz show Jeopardy! from April-June. He is the fourth-highest-earning American game show contestant of all time, Wikipedia reported, pulling in $2,464,216 in his 33 appearances. 

The man is unselfish with his winnings. His philanthropy includes gifts of $10,000 to a Las Vegas organization for displaced teens on April 7; $1,109.14 in Jeopardy! game show host Alex Trebek’s name in mid-2019 to the Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Reach Walk in Illinois; and $10,000 to Project 150, KSNV reported. The nonprofit helps provide food, clothing, supplies and other resources to homeless or disadvantaged students in the Las Vegas area.

Fans of Jeopardy! and Alex Trebek themselves, the Clintons matched James’s donation via Anne Zediker’s fundraising page for the Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, based on Larry’s birthday, $1,125.40. 

Sharon has been working with Anne, brainstorming about how to spread the word. See events.lustgarten.org/fundraiser/1838103 for details about the fundraiser.

Sharon learned about the newly-formed Pancreatic Cancer Action Network/PanCAN for which Walla Wallans Jim and Heidi Wilson serve as its first ambassadors in Washington state. Jim said his mother-in-law lost her five-month battle to pancreatic cancer in 1999.

“We have donated many hours and $ to raise awareness and seek a cure to pancreatic cancer,” Jim said. 

His daughter’s high school senior project in 2008 raised funds and awareness for PanCAN and honored her grandma’s life. She trained for and successfully climbed Mount Rainier and raised about $6,000 through “The Climb for Grandma.” 

“Social media was just emerging; most of her donations came from friends and family, as well as a few local celebrities, (such as) Molly Nordstrom, whobecame a fan of my daughter.”

“You’ll also be surprised to learn how many folks are one degree of separation from being impacted by pancreatic cancer,” Jim added. 

Sharon is exploring the possibility of putting together a group and organizing a walk for PanCAN in 2020. Contact her at clinton_l@msn.com for more details.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313. 

Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,

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