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Last year’s American Idol winner, David Cook, served as the grand marshal for the ‘Race for Hope 5K’ in Washington D.C. during the weekend, and announced some sad news to his fans.

“I actually lost my brother yesterday to a brain tumor and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else right now,” Cook told the crowd at the event. “By running and sharing my brother’s story, I hope that it offers those still fighting that much more resolve to not succumb to this wretched disease.”

Cook’s brother Adam had been battling brain cancer for over a decade, and David decided to carry on with the race to raise awareness of those still battling brain tumors.

“My brother, Adam, passed away at 11:52pm Eastern, May 2nd,” Cook wrote on his website. "He was 37 years old and leaves behind his wife and two children. We had played Sunfest in West Palm Beach that night, walking off stage at approximately 11:00pm Eastern, and I rushed to get on a plane to fly to Washington D.C., to be a part of the Race For Hope-D.C., a fundraiser for research and development of a cure for brain cancer. I learned of Adam’s passing upon getting to my hotel around 3:00am Eastern. I decided to run in the race, despite all of this…

“I want to again thank everyone who donated to the race and continues to donate, sent a kind email, posted thoughts and prayers, called, etc. I take it as affirmation that my brother was the great man that I knew, and whose ideals I constantly try to uphold in myself. It is with those ideals in tow that I vow to continue to speak out in hopes of raising whatever necessary to help eliminate cancer entirely.”

To watch a video of David Cook’s speech at the Race For Hope, click here.

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