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American Idol’s David Cook was already acting like an ‘idol’ before he was crowned the winner of season seven. Just days before the season finale, Cook dropped everything and went to the hospital to visit his fellow top 24 contestant Luke Menard, who had just been diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“I love Luke and I just wanted to show up and make sure that he understood that I love him and know that if there’s anything I can do for him and his wife, sign me up, you know?” Cook said. “Luke, Michael Johns, Jason Yeager and myself, we kind of buddied up one day at Hollywood week. We called ourselves the Four Horsemen. Any time one of your own is going through something as horrible as that, it makes everything else seem a little bit insignificant.”

Cook is no stranger to cancer, as his older brother Adam has been battling brain cancer for ten years.

“Cancer,” Cook says, “is a very big part of my existence. I’m excited to be put in [the spotlight] where I can hopefully do something to help other people.”

Recently, Cook also appeared on Larry King Live, where he insisted on ending the show by looking into the camera and telling Luke Menard his thoughts were with him during the win.

David Cook has 17 songs on the top 200 Hot Digital Songs chart. His hit list includes: “Time Of My Life,” “Dream Big,” and his covers of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” Collective Soul’s “The World I Know,” Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”

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