"Idol" hopeful David Cook sang Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby" this week for his ill brother, Adam, who is undergoing chemotherapy for brain cancer -- and Adam is talking about how the inspiring trip changed his perception.
"I am blown away," Adam said in an interview with B1027.FM -- the Terre Haute, Indiana radio station that helped arrange his trip to Los Angeles. "The support of this community made this possible, it literally just lifted my spirits to know I'm from Terre Haute," said the awestruck Adam.
The VIP trip seems to have brightened Adam's spirits. The station's midday host Julie Henricks said, "This has just been incredible for the family... Adam hadn't wanted to get out of the house in three weeks. Now, he's out sightseeing in Los Angeles. [His wife] Kendra says Adam is a different person."
Even the judges were inspired by Adam's strength in flying out for the show. Kendra told the station, "Paula came over and when Adam stuck out his hand, she said, 'No, I want a hug.' And Simon came over after the show and said, 'You should be very proud of your brother. He's a very nice man. You're welcome here anytime.'"