During last night’s episode of Survivor: Winners At War contestant Yul Kwon got extremely emotional. He explained that his close friend and fellow Survivor player Jonathan Penner’s wife Stacy Title is battling ALS. It prompted CBS to play the following clip during a commercial break.
‘Survivor’ Contestant Yul Kwon Launched An Effort To Donate Money
Yul made it clear that this season he is playing for Jonathan and Stacy to raise awareness for ALS. The two first met on Survivor: Cook Islands and formed a tight bond over the past fourteen years.
While they had a very rocky Survivor relationship at first filled with a lot of ups and downs, they grew much closer outside of the game. Yul took to Twitter to admire how great of a father and a husband Jonathan is and said that his kids even refer to Jonathan as their uncle. He pledged to match the first $50,000 dollars donated to the ALS Association.
Stacy’s Had A 3 Year ALS Battle
Stacy was diagnosed with ALS in 2017. She has lost control over almost her entire body and can only move her eyes. We were first introduced to Stacy During her loved ones visit when Jonathan made it to the top seven on Survivor: Cook Islands.
Jonathan went on to make two more Survivor appearances after that and always mentioned that he would be up for appearing on another season. Now he is Stacy’s primary caretaker. Since all of his focus is on Stacy, he is unable to work which puts a massive financial strain on their family. Jonathan expressed his gratitude for Yul’s efforts to raise awareness for the cause on social media.
The Penner’s Hope To Raise Awareness For ALS
Stacy’s form of ALS is familial and each of their kids, Cooper and Ava, have a 50% chance of inheriting the gene. Yul explained that the Penner’s do not want their kids to have to go through the burden of dealing with this disease when they get older.
Before this season of Survivor aired on television, Yul said he was considering donating his winnings to the ALS Association if he won. He remains in the game and is still fighting for his shot at the massive $2 million prize which would no doubt help the cause.