May 05, 2008 07:49 AM by Allison_Yagesh
Some would say that American Idol fans are the most loyal fans out there. This season, one Idol fan is counting on that loyal support to help bring contestant David Cook’s brother back to the Idol theater to catch the finale performance.
Cathy Wood of New York has created a website, HelpBringAdamBack.com, in the hopes that caring Idol fans will donate money to get Cook’s brother, Adam, from his home in Indiana to the performance in California. As fans know, Adam has brain cancer, and the cost of a flight equipped with all the necessary medical supplies is upwards of $80,000. Wood is hoping that fans can offset that cost and, if the doc gives the okay, Adam will be there to cheer on his brother, should David make it to the final two.
According to the website, Wood was inspired with the idea when reports on the American Idol Community Board got reports that after Adam’s March visit to LA to watch his brother perform,” he had done a 180 degree turn from where he had been the week before.”
“I thought it would be a nice gesture if fans could start a fund to bring Adam back,” Wood says on the website’s homepage. “And many people on the American Idol Community message board agreed, and have already contributed to the fund.”
David has paid tribute to his brother throughout the season. The initials “AC” on his guitar stand for Adam Cook, and his change of Mariah Carey lyrics from “We will linger on” to “You will linger on” was also reportedly aimed at supporting Adam.
Wood has set up an account at Old National Bank in Indianapolis, Indiana, where fans can donate money to pay for a flight from Adam’s hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana to California. In the event that David should not make it to the final two, the money will simply go to Adam himself to help offset medical expenses related to his cancer.
Update: Boston-based Idol fan Jamie Silver has created David Cook Rocks bracelets to help support Cathy Wood’s cause. Half of the proceeds from the bracelets will go toward the effort to bring Adam to the American Idol finale; the other half will go to The American Brain Tumor Association.
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