Special graduation for local student battling brain tumor

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Dom Cooks

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- High school graduation day is coming up this week for a special young man who's battling a brain tumor.

Dom Cooks was a standout athlete at Federal Way's Decatur High School. Now Cooks is a standout at something else -- inspiration.

Earlier this year, Cooks scored a touchdown against Auburn Mountainview. The brain tumor that sidelined him didn't prevent both teams from bringing him on field for that glorious moment.

"It was cool," said Cooks. "And ever since then Decatur High has made a little brotherhood with Auburn Mountainview. Shout out to Auburn Mountainview."

You hear that a lot when you hang out with Cooks. He's not feeling sorry for himself, but lifting others up even though his prognosis is for a few months to live.

He moves easily from light heartedness to a serious tone.

"Naw, y'all shouldn't feel sorry for me. Because God's got me. Easy. Shout out to my church," he said.

The standout football and basketball star had hoped to go on to college and beyond. The only NBA players he'll face now are on video games. Even with his left side mostly paralyzed, he's no match.

"I'm too saucy," Cooks said with a smile.

On Thursday, Decatur will hold a special graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. just for Cooks and his twin sister, Diamond. It's been his mother's dream. She's battled sickle cell anemia most of her adult life.

"Momma, we made it. We out here. Easy," said Cooks. 

Upon graduation, Cooks wants to become a motivational speaker with a simple message: "That tomorrow is not promised. Don't take things for granted."