FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Dom Cooks, a Decatur High School senior who became a source of inspiration for his classmates during a brave battle against brain cancer, died Tuesday.
Decatur principal David Brower said students are gathering at the gym during lunch to sign posters for Cooks’ family. A candlelight vigil will be held at the school in Federal Way at 8 p.m.
Cooks played basketball and football before the tumor took him off the field. Although he could no longer play, Cooks stayed optimistic and showed up at games to cheer on his team. He was named homecoming king last fall and was allowed to score a ceremonial touchdown.
A special graduation ceremony was held for Cooks at Decatur in February because doctors did not expect him to make it to the full graduation in June.
One of those in attendance at the ceremony was Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin.
“My heart hurts. RIP Dom. God called one of his angels home last night,” Baldwin tweeted Wednesday after hearing the news of Cooks’ passing.
Cooks’ story of inspiration went nationwide. He finished third in the 2014 Army National Guard Most Inspirational Athlete contest, which is driven by fan votes.