Whether it’s American Idol or a celebrity charity contest, David Cook and his fans know what it takes to win. Their passion and commitment to help cure brain cancer is what drove their spectacular showing in the Mozilla Firefox Charity Challenge. David and his fans raised over $40,000 for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2).
David joined the Challenge for very personal reasons. In 2009, he lost his 37-year-old brother to a brain tumor after a long and courageous battle with the disease. Since then, David and his fans have been on a mission to support the cutting-edge research funded by ABC2.
They have participated along side brain tumor survivors to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Race for Hope 5k Run/Walk in Washington, DC. This March, David plans to run even further to raise awareness, “I’ll be running the 2012 Honda LA Marathon for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure," he said. "This will be a challenging race, but one accomplishment that I will be incredibly proud of and honored to do.”
Mozilla, makers of the popular internet browser Firefox, launched the holiday challenge to promote the spirit of doing good. The Challenge, hosted online by Crowdrise, featured other high-profile celebrities, including: Jason Bateman (City Year), Sophia Bush (F-Cancer), David Blaine (Charity: Water), Edward Norton (The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust), and Jonah Hill (Nothing But Nets). Sophia Bush and her fans won the overall competition, but all the charities involved considered themselves winners as the Challenge helped raise awareness for these important causes.
David offered weekly prizes and giveaways to entice donors to get involved. He gave away signed copies of his self-titled CD, David Cook and fans who donated $24 to the ABC2 were eligible to win a 5 minute Skype chat with the American Idol.
“We Believe” is a beautiful and uplifting song on David’s latest CD, This Loud Morning. It's also an anthem for our cause. We believe in a brain cancer cure and we believe David and his fans will help us get there. Thanks to everyone who participated!