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Voices Against Brain Cancer Commends 18-Year-Old Brain Cancer Patient for His Positive Outlook and Will to Live
Date:11/9/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 09, 2013

Voices Against Brain Cancer, an organization dedicated to brain cancer research and advocacy, commends Dominique Cooks, an 18-year-old brain cancer patient, for his perseverance and will to follow his dreams despite his diagnosis.

According to an October 25, 2013 article published by FederalWayMirror.com titled, “Brain tumor doesn’t stop Decatur student Dom Cooks from his dream,” 18-year-old Decatur High School student, Dominique “Dom” Cooks, was a star 220-pound defensive lineman for the Gators’ football team in Washington State, when doctors discovered a malignant, inoperable brain tumor in the spring of 2012. His battle with the tumor has rendered the left side of his body useless and he spends a majority of his time wheel-chair bound.

With a prognosis that would leave most people feeling defeated, Cooks decided to take the bad news and turn it into motivation to get back to better health. “At the beginning of the school year, doctors told me that I had three to six months to live,” he says. “But nobody is going to tell me stuff like that. Before I got this tumor, I was going to the NBA or the NFL. That’s still what I’m going to do. Can’t nobody tell me different. I’m definitely going to beat this. I’m kind of self-motivated like that.”

Despite his physical limits, Cooks wanted nothing more than to get back on the field this football season. His principal, David Brower, talked with coaches and arranged to have Cooks play in the homecoming game. Not only did Cooks play but he scored a touchdown, something normally uncommon for his position.

"Everyone was so hyped," Cooks says in the article. "After I crossed the line, I wanted to goof with my boys. It was awesome. People are going to remember that for a long time. It was awesome. I
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