Jake Steel Death Dead – Jake Steel Obituary: Cause of Death
Jake Steel battled Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, which attacked all of his bones. The folks at HPH Hospice reached out to one of Jake’s favorite football players, who delivered message two days before Jake passed away.
Jake Steel battled Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, which attacked all of his bones. The folks at HPH Hospice reached out to one of Jake's favorite football players, who delivered message two days before Jake passed away. https://t.co/JsCzlMzAOM
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Twenty-three-year-old Jake Steel was that less than half of one percent. He was a positive guy – his younger brother Luke described him as “goofy, he’s just boisterous and in a great mood all the time.”
That positive attitude didn’t waiver even on that June 2018 summer day.
Jake’s mother, Liza Steel, said Jake was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The cancer had attacked all of his bones.
After a successful treatment, he went into remission later in the year but side effects left him paralyzed.
“The whole time that he hardly ever got depressed or angry about it because he was always ready to fight it,” Steel said.
That’s who Jake was…a fighter. In May 2019, his leukemia came back and that time around, treatments weren’t as successful.
“He would go into remission and then it would come back and we would have to try something else,” Steel said.
When Spectrum Bay News 9 asked the Steels what they will remember the most, they said the time spent as a family, especially on the weekends.
Father Jason said, “We watch nothing but college football,” and younger sister Karli said, “My mom’s a bigger Gator fan than my dad is and he went to UF.”
They especially loved watching former Gator quarterback Tim Tebow.
“We just had a real respect for him and how he lived out his faith,” Liza Steel said.
When Jake’s condition didn’t improve, the family brought him home for Hospice Care Registered Nurse under the watchful eye of Sara Shufelt.
“As I was working with Jake, had him for a couple weeks and I just started to think about what can I do for him to make his day,” Shufelt mentioned.
With the help of HPH Hospice, Shufelt made contact with the quarterback Jake admired. Tebow couldn’t travel due to COVID-19 but sent a message to Jake after hearing his story.
“Hey Jake, this is Tim Tebow. I just wanted to say man what an inspiration you’ve been,” the former Gator said.
“He really really liked it and totally unexpected. We hadn’t told Jake anything about it,” Liza said.
Jake died two days after watching Tebow’s video.
“We were all around the bed and each one of us said I love you, just rest,” Jason Steel said.
Circumstances surrounding his death is yet to be revealed. We will update you as soon as we have more information about his death.