Idol Also-Ran Holds Cancer Fundraiser

By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 27, 2008 12:00 PM CDT
Former contestants Blake Lewis, left, and Luke Menard attend the "American Idol" annual Top 12 Party Thursday, March 6, 2008 in West Hollywood, Calif.    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A former American Idol contestant held a sold-out concert in his Indiana hometown last night to help him raise money for his battle against cancer, AP reports. Luke Menard, 29, was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma shortly after he was eliminated from the show in March, after reaching the top 16. “I don’t think I would want to be in any other town in America right now,” said Menard. (Read more American Idol stories.)