HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — A Virginia boy who dressed up in a creative costume hoping to get a treat this Halloween got the attention of the “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek.
Seven-year-old Evan Jenkins is a superfan of the longtime running game show. His parents said tuning in always makes him happy.
Jarred and Erika Jenkins, Evan’s parents, told NewsNation affiliate WRIC that Evan has been watching the game show since he was a baby and faithfully tunes in every night to watch Trebek on the big screen.
“He claps and smiles as soon as the theme song comes on,” said Erika Jenkins, Evan’s mother.
Diagnosed with multiple disabilities, the seven-year-old has undergone countless surgeries, relies on a wheelchair for mobility and is currently non-verbal, but constantly lights up with joy and smiles when his beloved Jeopardy! is on.
“We just want to say, thank you, Alex, for what you do, ” said Jarred Jenkins, Evan’s father. “You have touched our family’s lives. You bring our boy hope, you bring him a smile, and we appreciate that. Alex, we love you.”
“As soon as Alex starts talking, Evan smiles and I think that’s something special,” he said.
Spreading their love for the show, Evan’s parents said it was a no-brainer to dress up their son as ‘mini-Trebek’ for Halloween this year.
Decked out in a gray wig and business suit with the gameboard behind him, Evan’s costume is stealing hearts across Central Virginia.
Evan’s parents also say each share and like online is a small step towards inclusion for children with disabilities.
“We want the world to see the joy that we see,” Jarred Jenkins said. “Not only for Evan but for all people with disabilities. They need to be included in our society.”
Since the story aired, Trebek saw the photos and left a sweet message for Evan on the Jeopardy! Facebook page.