A video that began circulating last week shows Evan Jenkins in costume as the beloved “Jeopardy!” host — complete with a gray wig, suit, “Jeopardy!” podium and a Halloween-themed “Jeopardy!” gameboard.
Meet our amazing 7 year old son Evan Jenkins with multiple disabilities from Hopewell, VA dressed up as his favorite game show host Alex Trebek for Halloween. Evan tunes in every night & weekends. We hope this reaches Mr. Trebek & makes him smile @Jeopardy @SarahBloomNBC12 pic.twitter.com/orzb98dBas— Coach Jarred Jenkins (@coachjjenkins) October 23, 2020
“Meet our amazing 7 year old son Evan Jenkins with multiple disabilities from Hopewell, VA dressed up as his favorite game show host Alex Trebek for Halloween. Evan tunes in every night & weekends. We hope this reaches Mr. Trebek & makes him smile,” a caption for the video reads.
Evan has watched the quiz show regularly since he was a baby. He is currently nonverbal, but he lights up whenever “Jeopardy!” comes on, according to 8 News Now.
“He claps and smiles as soon as the theme song comes on,” Evan’s mother, Erika Jenkins, told 8 News Now.
CHECK THIS OUT: This 7-year-old Hopewell boy with multiple disabilities is dressing up like his favorite game show host Alex Trebek for Halloween in hopes it reaches the @Jeopardy legend. @Talya8news will have the full story tonight on @8NEWS pic.twitter.com/MqpdQtJOqr— 8News WRIC Richmond (@8NEWS) October 28, 2020
“As soon as Alex starts talking, Evan smiles, and I think that’s something special,” added Evan’s father, Jarred Jenkins.
Evan’s parents shared the costume online with the hopes that Trebek would eventually see it, but also as a way to better include children with disabilities.
“We want the world to see the joy that we see,” Jarred Jenkins told 8 News Now. “Not only for Evan but for all people with disabilities. They need to be included in our society.”
On Oct. 28, “Jeopardy!” tweeted out a special message from Trebek: “Evan, seeing you in your costume made my day. Thank you for making me smile, and I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!”
On Oct. 30, Jarred Jenkins tweeted that his family has since received a care package from Trebek and the “Jeopardy!” team.
Last year, Trebek was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. Some days, he struggles to make it to a production meeting, or in-between taping episodes he’ll be in a lot of pain, the Deseret News previously reported. But the minute he steps onto the set, he feels like himself.
“We just want to say, thank you, Alex, for what you do, ” said Jarred Jenkins, according to 8 News Now. “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.”