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'Jeopardy' Tournament of Champions pays tribute to Cindy Stowell

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek with champion Cindy Stowell. (Photo courtesy CBS Television Distribution)

The "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions kicks off Monday night, but this year the show is paying a special tribute.

Blue ribbons and memorial pins are a sign of honor for "Jeopardy!" champion Cindy Stowell. Last year, Cindy competed on "Jeopardy!," winning six games, which earned her a spot in the Tournament of Champions.

At the same time, Cindy was also fighting stage four cancer and planned to donate her winnings to the Cancer Research Institute. Just eight days before her episodes aired, Cindy lost her fight against the disease.

"She was an inspiration to everybody and it was a privilege to watch her play," said "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek.

In recognition of her achievement, "Jeopardy!" will donate $10,000 to the Cancer Research Institute in Cindy’s memory.

"I really would like the money that I win to be used to help others," Cindy said at the time.

During the Tournament of Champions this week, Alex Trebek, the contestants, and the entire "Jeopardy!" staff and crew will be wearing pins to raise awareness and funds for the fight against colon cancer while remembering an incredible champion, Cindy Stowell.

The "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions starts Monday at 6 p.m. on FOX 11.

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