‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Tells Autistic Superfan ‘with God’s Grace and Prayers’ He Will ‘Come Through’ Cancer Battle

FILE PHOTO: Jeopardy television game show host Alex Trebek speaks on stage during the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, California June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

JEOPARDY! Host Alex Trebek surprised a superfan with the phone call of a lifetime.

Michael Kneeter, a 32-year-old man with autism, was crushed when he heard Trebek was battling cancer. Kneeter’s father died from cancer several years ago.

Trebek’s diagnosis caused Kneeter to become depressed and withdrawn. That’s when Debbie Stevens, Kneeter’s mother and a lung cancer survivor, hatched a far-fetched plan to connect Kneeter and Trebek.

“I’m a very driven person,” Stevens said. “I can’t take ‘no’ for an answer.”

Stevens discovered Trebek’s son Matthew owns a restaurant in New York and called the younger Trebek.

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SOURCE: Movieguide, Jessilyn Lancaster