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Last year’s American Idol winner, David Cook, will serve as the grand marshal for the ‘Race for Hope 5K’ on May 3, in Washington D.C., which benefits brain cancer research.

Cook’s brother Adam has been battling brain cancer for over a decade, so its no surprise that Cook is lacing up his shoes and running with his own team which has already raised more than $40,000.

“He wants nothing from us at all,” race co-chair Jeff Kolodin told “This transcends fame and money and everything else. He just wants to help the cause.”

Cook, who will be on tour during the event, will leave his West Palm Beach, Fla., concert Saturday night, May 2, and fly in to D.C. around 3 a.m. Sunday. He’ll get about four hours sleep before the race, and the following day he’ll hop another flight to his next tour stop.

“The opportunity to become involved in such a worthwhile cause is paramount for me and my family. I don’t run normally, but it seems a small sacrifice compared to what those who have fought cancer have endured,” Cook told People. “And the fact that my fans have rallied to raise so much in donations is the biggest compliment.”

“When I was competing to win American Idol, I came to understand the power of grassroots support,” he continued on his official website. “I strongly believe this same enthusiasm is the key to unlocking a cure for brain cancer. Just as America rallied around me last spring, I hope we can all rally together to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.”

For information about how to support Cook in the race, click here.

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