A very brave David Cook stood up in front of a crowd Sunday and told his audience, at a benefit for brain cancer research, that he had lost his brother Adam to the disease.
"I actually lost my brother yesterday to a brain tumor and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else right now," the American Idol champ said after the Race for Hope 5K in Washington, D.C.
David was serving as grand marshal of the event and running with a team that had raised $98,000. His bravery did not go unnoticed.
"David is beyond the most courageous young person I have ever known," Jeff Kolodin, co-chair of the race said. "He spent his entire day hugging survivors, signing autographs for them, taking pictures. He did this for hundreds of people in a very chaotic setting. He shared his very private moment with thousands. He was willing to put his personal, raw emotion out there, knowing he was being filmed. He's a heck of a person."
"I lost one today," David said of his brother, who had battled the disease for more than 10 years, "but I gained 9,000 and I will be here every year that they will have me."
So sad. David and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.