American Idol Winner David Cook Raises $140K for Brain Cancer
The David Cook Team for a Cure raised over $140,000 to benefit the 13th annual “Race for Hope”, a 5K race held May 2nd at Freedom Plaza in Washington DC that benefits the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2). In addition to running the race, Cook also played in a charity golf event on Friday, April 30th and donated an autographed guitar to the “Auction for Hope”. The American Idol winner lost his brother Adam to brain cancer in 2009.
David also ran the 5K last year; just one day after his brother’s passing. He tells PEOPLE, "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."
Last year, the Race for Hope-DC raised $2 million toward programs for brain tumor and brain cancer research. Since its inception, the organized event has raised a total of $9 million.
The National Brain Tumor Society is a nonprofit organization that invests in research for new therapies and treatments that will ultimately lead to a cure for brain cancer. The organization also provides patients and families with support and education, including treatment center information, online services, and support groups.
Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) is a national organization that strives to bring more treatments to patients by stimulating new research and the accelerated development of new therapies. ABC2 partners with medical research centers, early-stage biotechnology companies, and large multi-national pharmaceutical companies.
According to the National Cancer Institute, over 22,000 new cases of brain and other nervous system cancers were diagnosed in the US in 2009. There were about 13,000 deaths.