(Kansas City, MO) A Kansas City, MO teen fighting cancer is in the spotlight for something he did for another teen who may soon lose his battle.
Nick Hibbeler has been fighting testicular cancer and was nominated in a USA Today contest.
The newspaper is looking for the most inspirational athlete in high school sports.
Nick, a soccer player, was in 10th place decided to give his spot to a teen battling a brain tumor.
“My health prognosis has been pretty good for the most part and Dominique’s…he hasn’t been so lucky,” Nick told WDAF-TV.
Nick has been encouraging everyone to vote for Cooks.
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Dominique Cooks, 17, is a senior at Federal Way, Washington.
Doctors told Cooks he does not have much time left, so a special graduation was held February 20.
In a news release from the Federal Way School District, leaders mentioned Nick’s withdrawal from the contest in order to make room for Dominique.
The Seattle Times also mentioned Nick in its report:
“During the first two rounds, Cooks has received over 100,000 votes. Nevertheless, as voting closed on Monday Dom was in 11th place, thousands of votes away from 10th place. But, on Tuesday morning, Teri Galloway, Decatur’s assistant athletic director, received a call from the USA today informing her that an athlete from Kansas City, Nick Hibbeler, withdrew because he is inspired by Dom and wants him to advance. With that act of sportsmanship, Dom is now in the finals.”
So, on behalf of Nick, you may vote for Dominique by clicking here. The final round of voting kicked off at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning, April 10 and will run through Monday, April 14, at 9:00 a.m.
- Feature article on USA TODAY High School Sports
- The Inspiration Trophy and In-school Presentation
- $1,000 donation to the school’s athletic dept. of the winning athlete
- *All finalists will receive an Inspiration T-shirt