Dom Cooks, 18, a senior at Decatur High School in Federal Way, Washington who suffers from an inoperable brain tumor, celebrated an early graduation with his twin sister Thursday night after doctors gave him two weeks to live, reports KIRO 7. Cooks and his twin sister, Diamonique Cooks, received their diplomas in a special graduation ceremony organized by the school and the community to ensure that the Cooks twins would be able to share the momentous occasion together.
“I didn’t know what was going on and I even got my shot blocked by some scrub,” Cooks said with a smile. “Coach Sawyer was just watching me play and he saw that I couldn’t catch the ball with my left hand. It was bending in all the time. So one day before practice, Sawyer told me to tie my shoe and I couldn’t. He then said that I couldn’t play for him anymore until I got a note from my doctor. Coach Sawyer probably saved me.”
Because of the location of the tumor, doctors could not operate on it. Intense chemotherapy and radiation seemed to have killed the tumor, but it grew back in October of last year. At that time, doctors gave the hopeful student-athlete three to six month to live.
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