University of Iowa student John "Jake" Dibel died Friday, June 9, of cancer. Dibel had completed his sophomore year of college. Photo taken from a GoFundMe page set up to alleviate medical costs for the family.

Cancer takes UI student over the weekend



University of Iowa student John “Jake” Dibel died of cancer on Friday, June 9, according to a campus notification from Dean of Students Lyn Redington sent Tuesday.

Dibel was a 20-year-old pharmacology and plant-based science student from Cedar Rapids, according to an obituary page. He had completed his sophomore year at the university. His body has been donated to the UI Deeded Body Program, which assists UI medical students, the page said.

“His family wishes to thank all of Jake’s professors and teaching staff at the University of Iowa who accommodated him so he could attend school full-time while undergoing treatments,” the obituary said.

A GoFundMe page established when Dibel was diagnosed continues to raise money. In the last 16 months, over $22,400 was raised.

Dibel was diagnosed with stage 4 testicular cancer shortly after graduating from high school, according to a post on the GoFundMe page. He underwent chemotherapy and a risky surgery to treat the cancer, which delayed his enrollment at the UI for a year. He was finally able to start classes in the fall of 2016 while still continuing his treatment.

In early July, a celebration of life will be held at Lake Macbride State Park.

— by Katelyn Weisbrod

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