Really, really sad news regarding American Idol season 5 alum, Heather Cox.
The top 24 contestant is raising funds through GoFundMe to pay for surgery to remove a brain tumor. These days, the 31 year old is a wife and mother to 3 young children. She needs $30,000 to pay hospital fees upfront and other expenses, before the surgery takes place in Los Angeles in October.
In case you need a refresher: Back in 2006, the 23 year old North Carolina native was knocked out of the semifinals at Top 20 after singing Mariah Carey’s “Hero.”
The campaign at GoFundMe was started by her sister:
WE’VE GOT TO GET THE SURGEON’S FEE COVERED!!! My sister Heather Cox Coe needs our support while she prepares for her upcoming brain surgery in Los Angeles, CA this fall. Please join us in your prayers, your words of encouragement as well as your financial donations to make the surgery possible! Please spread the word to others, so that we can reach as many people possible with this cause! Thank you all so much!!
The campaign has raised over $21,000 so far, and the donations are rolling in as we speak, no doubt thanks to the signal boost fellow season 5 Idols have given her cause. Kellie Pickler, Chris Daughtry and Mandisa have all publicized Heather’s efforts to raise money.
Tonight, a fundraiser is scheduled in Elkin North Carolina. The concert/BBQ benefit will feature an auction, raffles and music.
If you would like to donate to Heather’s cause, Click This Link.
Heather and two of her children publicize the raffle in this short video.
Get well soon, Heather.