The performance that I’ll never forget of David Cook’s on American Idol was the one that he dedicated to his brother, who is battling brain cancer, beforehand and used a pick that his brother had given him. The guitar he used that night also had his brother’s initials engraved onto it. It seems now David is willing to go an even further distance – an actual distance – in supporting of finding funding and a cure for brain cancer as he’s now taking part in a marathon that strives to do all of that. From People,
“In the midst of a busy tour schedule, David Cook is planning to take a break – well, technically a run – for a cause close to his heart on May 3 in Washington, D.C.
Cook, 26, whose brother Adam has been battling brain cancer for over a decade, will serve as grand marshal in the Race for Hope 5K, which benefits brain cancer research, and run the race as part of a team he set up – which has already raised more than $40,000.
“He wants nothing from us at all,” says race co-chair Jeff Kolodin, who contacted PEOPLE with the story. “This transcends fame and money and everything else. He just wants to help the cause.”
Cook is happy to skimp on sleep to do so: Last year’s American Idol winner will leave his West Palm Beach, Fla., concert Saturday night, May 2, and fly in to D.C. around 3 a.m. Sunday, only to wake up four hours later. Then, after a day at the race, he’ll hop another flight to his next tour stop.”
I love when celebrities take part in a good cause and I love it even more when that cause is close to their heart. But what I love most about this story is that David is actually going out of his way to do this. It would have been very easy for him to say, “I’m on tour and I just have too much going on,” but he’s making special arrangements in between stage appearances to make sure that this happens. And you’ve gotta love the guy for that!
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