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Fox 8’s Tracy McCool has shared heartbreaking news about her husband John Cook’s health, and fans of the Fox 8 news anchor have been sending prayers through social media. She wrote in a lengthy comment that John has stage 4 cancer and that they only found out about it in October of this year. Here’s what you need to know about who John Cook is.

Fans and friends of Cleveland’s own Tracy McCool sent thoughts and prayers to her family as they try to be strong for each other. McCool’s husband John Cook has stage 4 colon cancer, and the doctors at the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Center think he has had it for a long time. Because of the healthy and fit lifestyle Cook leads, the news has come as a shock to many.

Who Is John Cook?

John Cook is an MMA training center owner. He started a career in the fitness business back in 1997 when he opened Evolve Performance-Fitness. And in 2008, he began Evolve MMA, which trains martial arts aficionados as well as those looking to get fit.


I might be the only smiling but everyone’s having a blast at Evolve!

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John Cook and Tracy McCool have been together since high school, when they both attended Copley High School in Ohio. He hails from Akron, Ohio, but currently lives in Medina, Ohio with his family.

The couple got married on December 21, 2002, and share two children, Cassidy and Carter.



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15 years! Happy Anniversary! I Love you, John #Blessed #loveoflife ❤️❤️❤️

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Cook, who is in his 40s now, is a motivator, firearms specialist, athletic trainer, and is well-versed in submission grappling.

Friends and family lovingly call him “Cookie,” and some of his favorite quotes are “All men die, only few men really live” and “Ships are safe in harbors. But that’s not what ships are built for.”


Tracy McCool’s Emotional Message on Social Media

Tracy has been strong for her family and herself in this time of grief, and she knows that they are not in this alone. She posted some pictures on Facebook and Instagram and captioned them with a heartfelt message for John, her friends, family, and coworkers at Fox 8 News.

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October 11, 2018 We joined the fight no family wants to go through. As I walked out of the Taussig Cancer Center with the love of my life, I closed my eyes, struggled to catch my breath and TIME STOOD STILL. I grabbed John's hand and a wave of emotion nearly brought me to my knees. I couldn't imagine life without him, our children without their Dad and precious time together as a family. Doctors think John has had it for a long time. It was raging behind his rigorous life style. Ju jitsu, grappling, sport performance. John was having back issues from time to time. Eventually, it reared its ugly head. No more quick recoveries. It was one punch in the gut after another as we went through all the scopes, scans and labs. I thought to myself, " It can't be! He is still in his 40's, fit and in the prime of his life. Stage 4 colon cancer. It's an aggressive form that has spread throughout his body. Telling the most precious people in our world was gut wrenching. Cassidy and Carter's sweet faces will forever be seared in my mind. John is their hero! He is this big indestructible teddy bear. The questions to follow will weigh on my heart for a long, long time. Carter, " Will Dad lose his big, beautiful hair? Will he still be loud and funny?? Cassidy, who is 12 going on 18 doesn't mince words. She wants to know what stage?? We hid nothing from them, answered their questions honestly. We are in this together as a family! We know we are NOT in this alone. Many of you reading this right now have been touched by cancer and perhaps have run into us at the Cleveland Clinic. Every morning I open my eyes and look over at John hoping this is all just a bad dream, but it's not. It's reality. So, we fight like everyone else. I told John, "God didn't give you cancer because he wants you to die. He gave you cancer because he wants you to live like you've never lived before. You’ve got to find your fight! Go and Be the HERO of your story!! We are all waiting on the edge of our seats. We have loved each other since we were teens at Copley High School. I remember the day we said our wedding vows in 2002. In sickness and in health… until death do us part. J

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“My family has been amazing. There is no way we could have navigated this storm without them,” she said, adding, “They’ve loved John like their own since day one! Our friends have rallied around us. My Fox 8 family has lifted me up beyond belief and has wrapped their arms around me in prayer every single day.”

Tracy McCool Has Been with Fox 8 News Since 2000

McCool is a broadcast journalism graduate from Kent State University (1994), and was a reporter for Columbus, Ohio’s WTTE-TV and WSYX-TV before she joined Fox 8.

For 18 years now, McCool has been in every step of Fox 8’s journey and has contributed to some significant trends. She joined the channel as an assignment reporter in 2000 and worked her way up.

She was involved in establishing the Akron/Summit County Bureau at Summit Mall, and was also a morning news reporter and fill-in anchor.

Today, she is best known for co-anchoring the evening news with Bill Martin during the 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. programs.

She posted the worrisome message on December 2 on her official Facebook and Instagram accounts, but Cook chose not to do the same on his own. There are no further updates regarding his treatment or hospitalization yet.

Here’s wishing John Cook a speedy recovery.

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