David Cook Goes Over the Edge for Cancer Research (VIDEO)

American Idol 7 winner, David Cook introduces his new charity endeavor via You Tube. He’ll be rappelling down the tallest building on the San Diego waterfront on November 2nd, to raise awareness and funds to support city-based brain cancer research. Later that night, he’ll perform at a local club, The Griffin.

Since his Idol win, David has been using his time and celebrity to fight cancer. As most of you know David lost his brother, Adam, to the disease in 2009.

For details, read David’s letter below and watch the video.

As many of you know, I have decided to go Over the Edge for Brain Cancer. On Saturday, November 2nd I will be rappeling down the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego – the tallest building on the San Diego waterfront – to raise awareness and funds to support San Diego-based brain cancer research. For more event details and spectator information please visit: www.otesandiego.org

There are many ways for you to support me in this exciting adventure: http://www.stayclassy.org/davidcook

Donate to my page or register as a team member.
A donation or personal fundraising total at the following levels get you:

$50+ = autographed ‘Thank You’ postcard

$250+ = autographed “I helped David Cook go Over the Edge for Brain Cancer” t-shirt.

$500+ = everything above, plus an autographed ‘edger helmet”

$1,500+ = everything above, plus an “Over the Edge” slot on November 3rd to do the rappel yourself! To help you celebrate at the completion of your rappel, I will be there to meet you at the bottom for a special meet and greet! You will also receive 2 GA tickets to Saturday’s show at The Griffin!

$2,500+ = everything above, plus 2 VIP PASSES to Saturday’s show at The Griffin.

and/or come out and cheer me on, Saturday November 2nd
as I go over the edge!

Every donation makes a difference – whether it’s $5, $10, $20 or $365 in honor of the rappel height. The process is fast, easy, and secure and you will be supporting a great cause! And remember, if you think you have what it takes register as a member of the team and take on the rappel! I will be there to congratulate you at the bottom with a special meet and greet and photo op! (Fundraising minimum to rappel is $1,500)

If you can’t make a donation at this point, please help me reach my goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter! Or, even better, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to my page! Thanks so much for your generosity and wish me luck as I go Over the Edge for Brain Cancer!

- David

PS – Be sure to get your tickets for one of the shows on Saturday, November 2nd at The Griffin. Click here for tickets.

  • iani

    This charity endeavor sounds to me like he being for a day a Spider-Man for a great cause and I imagine him while rappelling singing the part from his TWIK-S7 final

    So I walk up on high
    And I step to the edge
    To see my world below.
    And I laugh at myself
    While the tears roll down.
    ‘Cause it’s the world I know.

    Good luck to him and the charity that he’s supporting for brain cancer-research!

  • Larc

    Since David isn’t experienced at rappelling, I’m thinking he will be harnessed to a safety line that will make it impossible for him to fall. I’d be very concerned about this otherwise. Even so, I’ll breathe easier when it’s all over. He probably will, too.

  • Incipit

    “I’ll breathe easier when it’s all over. He probably will, too.”

    Absolutely, Larc. At a Q&A before the Houston show on September 19th, David addressed the safety issue – he said he’s seen worried tweets about Over The Edge, but we should stop worrying. He did his research before agreeing. No one has ever gotten even a rope burn from it. (Although he might be the one to make history) –

    I’ve seen videos from other such events, and there is certainly a safety line – but, alongside of that is the fact that David is already on record as having a fear of heights, lately at The Scream premier in 2011 – (and of doing scary things because of that) but he never hesitates to put skin in the game for his charity.

    ABC News says he’s “…doing something crazy for a good cause”, but so are the volunteers for the other slots, at $1500 a pop – OTE says they have 60 Edgers including @thedavidcook & 2 survivors rappeling 365ft to raise $$ for brain cancer! – - and DC’s team has raised over 10K since September 11th, when there was just $70 in the team fund.

    Like you, I’ll breathe easier on November 2nd when they all get down to the ground – but the show at the Griffin in San Diego that night could be an especially good one – with excess adrenaline channeled on stage. Wish I could be there!

  • weareallinnocent

    Good luck David! What a great guy.

  • wordnerdarchie

    He seems to like to actually physically participate and get involved in the charities that he supports, whether it’s running 5ks, jogging a marathon, visiting hospitals, playing tennis (that’s coming up next month) or rappelling down a tall building. I admire the guy for his dedication and willingness to give his time to the various causes.

  • Ria.

    I don’t like heights. I can’t imagine doing something like this myself. I know people who have gone parachuting and loved it. I have trouble looking over a railing from a high floor. If i can psych myself out imagining falling, I am done. This is a great idea for a charity event. If lived in that area I would love to go see something like this.

  • Kariann Hart

    It is sad to lose a brother at such a young age. David has been very brave. Anthony Fedorov’s brother died of bone cancer (sarcoma). I know Elsie and Constantine are involved with the same fund-raising group. These endeavors by all Idols make a difference in the world. Isn’t that a wonderful thing to do? Yes, there is the pain; but there is also the hope.

  • bearcatnat

    I don’t know which is scarier…David Cook rappelling down a building…or the return of the BEANIE! But seriously, I’m always amazed by the intense effort that David puts into his charity endeavors. Good for him! : )