Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I hung out and wrote with Luke Menard today.
He told me a story that I got his permission put on here.
Luke Menard found out he had cancer the week of the finale. 2-3 days before David Cook performed in the finale, trying to win Idol, he took time to come to Luke's hospital room in L.A. I can tell you from experience that the final 2 don't have time to use the restroom, nonetheless break away to see a friend in the hospital. So, that sacrifice alone says a lot about the dude.
But this story blew me away:
Luke recently did a fundraising concert to help pay for his mounting medical bills. So, his hometown put on a concert to help pay for said bills, and Luke performed. David Cook sent a signed guitar as a donation to be sold in the auction. Nice enough, right.
Then, as the concert/auction/fundraiser was starting, David called and told Luke to let the audience know that whatever they bought the guitar for, he would match personally dollar for dollar. And he did.
Now, David didn't pay off Luke's bills...he still needs help...but that act of sacrifice was pretty incredible, and, to me, says what kind of guy David is.
Hey, in my first EW blog I questioned if he came across as cocky. But, speaking as someone who is misread a great deal, I have a feeling David is misread also.
So...just a little story.