May 03, 2010 09:00 AM by Nancy Floyd
A year after losing his brother to a brain tumor,Â American Idol season 7 championÂ David Cook helped raise $140k for cancer research. In 2009, the singer served as the grand marshal for the Race for Hope in Washington, D.C. and this year he returned to race in the event. Keep reading for more details on Cook’s charitable efforts…
In 2009,Â American Idol season 7 championÂ David Cook lost his brother to a brain tumor. The day after his passing, Cook served as the grand marshal at the Race for Hope which raises money for theÂ National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. On Sunday, theÂ American Idol star returned to race in the 5k event and raised $140,000 on his own for the cause. The event raised $2.3 million overall.
“I came back because the cause is important to me and my family, as well as countless others. Brain tumors and brain cancer continues to be one of the most under-funded diseases,”Â David Cook says.Â ”To be able to take this time to honor my brother and everyone who is affected by cancer is huge for me. It’s a great way to help continue the fight Adam started almost 12 years ago.”
In addition to running the race,Â David Cook also competed in the charity golf event on Friday and took time to take photos with cancer survivors at the race. “The last year has been a process,”Â Â theÂ American Idol starÂ says about his brother’s death. “It’s all about perspective and remembering what Adam went through so we can work to help avoid anyone else having to do the same.”
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