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Zach’s Story

Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in November 2009 at the age of 14. Like so many other kids diagnosed with osteosarcoma, Zach endured several surgeries and months and months of chemo.

In June of 2012 Zach learned that the cancer had spread and he had run out of effective treatment options.  He had maybe a year to live.

To say goodbye to his family and friends, Zach wrote a song called "Clouds" that was made into a video. The song and video went viral and have touched millions (11 million and counting) around the world. Zach's life was featured in an award winning documentary featured on the YouTube Soul Pancake channel called "My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech" - it has reached over 13 million viewers.

Zach died on May 20, 2013.

The week of Zach's death "Clouds" reached #1 on iTunes, as well as #26 on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 list and #1 on Rock Digital Downloads. His band, A Firm Handshake, released several other songs written by Zach and his songwriting partner, Sammy Brown, on an EP called Fix Me Up. The EP also topped Billboard charts - #1 in the Folk category. And in September 2013, four months after Zach died, the Clouds video won an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy for musical composition/arrangement.

Zach's legacy of hope lives on in his music.

All of the proceeds from downloads of "Clouds" goes to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund which funds a cutting edge research at the University of Minnesota by a team of researcher who have dedicated their lives to finding a cure for osteosarcoma.

To date, nearly $900,000 has been raised through Zach and A Firm Handshake's music and through private donations.

On May 6, 2014 a book  called "Fly a Little Higher" (Thomas/Nelson Books a division of Harper Collins)  written by Zach's mother, Laura Sobiech, will be released.

For more information about Zach's story and legacy, please visit the following websites:

Latest Journal Update

A Boy, Some Bullies & A Damaged Dog Who Changes the World! Subtitle: "Clouds" is in a Movie!

I am so excited to announce that "Clouds" has been highlighted in a new feature film called Marshall's Miracle!

Inspired by a true story, Marshall’s Miracle, shares the adventure of Finn, a 13-year-old boy, who has become the target of bullies at his new school.  Finn is feeling hopeless – that is, until he finds Marshall being caged up by a dog-hoarder.  The bond of friendship is immediate.  Finn knows he must rescue Marshall, but Marshall has been abused by the other dogs and needs to see the vet right away.  The race against the bullies, against the dog hoarder, and against time, is on.  In the end, Marshall leads everyone to a place of change, forgiveness, and friendship.

When we were asked several months ago if "Clouds" could be used in the film, I knew immediately Zach would have loved it. It's a story about finding your purpose in life and overcoming obstacles with love, pure and simple. And, the fact that it's about a dog totally sealed the deal!

We would love for you to join us along with Marshall (Yes! The actual Marshall the Dog will be there) to celebrate the premier of the film:

Marshall the Miracle Dog and “Clouds” Event:
Sunday, August 30th from 2-3pm

Plymouth Grand 15 Theater, Lobby

3400 Vicksburg Lane, Plymouth MN  55447

For show times visit:


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Valerie Maples
By Doug & Valerie Maples, mom to Nichole, Cindy, Jorge, and Drew in Heaven
Been thinking about you all day and hope the Marshall the Miracle Dog and “Clouds” Event went well. Hugs and prayers from Mississippi!
Colleen Knauf
By Colleen Knauf
Hi Laura,
I have followed Zach's story from the beginning and continue following you and your family, wishing you peace. When you have a minute, look up the Caringbridge site of Robby Brisco. He is a young man coming to the end of his battle with cancer. His dad wrote and posted a song about Robby's journey. Peace to you and your family, Laura.
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Mary Nickels
Wow! The aftershocks of Zach's life continue to rock this world!
Deb Dudek
By Deb Dudek — last edited
Part of Marshall was filmed in our home town of Troy, IL. I missed when it was in our area but now that I know Clouds is highlighted I will buy it to have at home!

God Bless.
Deb Dudek
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Carol Music
By Carol Music
I'm not the least bit amazed that the magic Zach put into his song "Clouds' has been chosen to be part of a wonderful-sounding motion picture! How exciting for your entire family! I know Zach is up waving his wings in joy! Blessings! Carol
Cindy Smith
By Cindy Smith
I wish I could go to this but it's a bit far away from Little Rock AR. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
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Linda Schwenke
By Linda Schwenke
Oh, how I wish I could join you....but I'll be out of town that day. How very exciting this is! Zach lives on in so many ways. Thank you again for sharing with us your wonderful son.
Nan Delaney
By Nan Delaney — last edited
Laura, you don't know me, but I have been "walking the walk" with you from the beginning.

We both are part of a club that neither of us would chose to join. Tom and I lost our holy joyous 23 year old son to a cancerous brain tumor--November 9, 1998. When we prayed the rosary as a family, he reminded me over and over.....when I prayed out loud for his complete healing from this dreadful tumor...."Mom, just pray for The Will of God." Andy fought the good fight, always embracing The Will of God. He amazed me, his family, his friends, his doctors and nurses. Andy taught me a great deal, and still does! People still talk to us about him. Many of his friends have named their babies after him.

Your Zach reminded me so much or our Andy. Enough said about Andy though! Zach was selfless, loving and very talented. I LOVE his song, "Clouds." I have cried listening to it. It is very touching and hopeful. God's love is supreme. His Plan will always be the best plan---although both you and I were hoping for that miracle. However, the miracles of heaven have taken place for both our young men. For that we rejoice.

Laura, I hope you feel Zach's love every day of your life.

My real reason for writing here is to ask when will this movie get to all the theatres. We want to be sure not to miss it.

Also my second reason for writing: I wanted you to know you have a great admirer in me here in Madison, Wisconsin. As a Mom and lovely lady you have shown great courage and strength through the worst of times. But, I know you have helped a lot of people with their Faith, Hope and Love. God love you, your husband and children.

Never does a Mom forget her child. This will stay with both of us until the day we die. Everyday is the same. No matter how long ago it is, we miss our sons.

Keeping you in my prayers, Laura. Much love to you and yours,

Nan Delaney
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Sue Bonilla
By Sue Bonilla
What a wonderful tribute to Zach to have his song in a movie. Think of you all so often------especially when Clouds or Fix Me Up come on my iPod.
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