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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

Time, Love & Tacos

"Think of me whenever you eat a taco." ~ Zach Sobiech

"Think of me whenever you eat a taco." ~ Zach Sobiech

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Time heals. I guess.

The bumpy spots have smoothed some and the crying days are fewer and further between. I tend to remember the happy days more than the hard days; I can walk by Zach's room now and smile rather than cry. I find comfort in knowing that he is still close, right here, right now, and I find comfort knowing that each year that passes brings me closer to seeing Zach again. So, yes, time heals.

But each year that passes also takes us further away from him. Zach is stationary - forever eighteen - and we grow older with each passing year and move further and further away. And I don't like it. I want to stay put.

But then, those beautiful people who loved him through the worst that life can be, all come together  again and remind me that love is the ultimate balm, not time. It was their love then and it is their love now that continues to heal us. Love is not constrained by time - it is eternal and has no limits.

So we came together to love each other and to remember this boy who loved so hard and so well. And who loved tacos.

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Justin Esser
By Justin Esser
I absolutely love the fact you continue to share your journey with us! So insightful and inspiring!
David Welter
By Dave Welter
I will never forget the song he wrote Clouds, I am looking forward to reading your book.
jan and steve skadsberg
By jan and steve skadsberg
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Terri Joos
By Terri Joos
I saw you both on the KARE11 commercial today and was reminded once again of the great impact that Zach continues to have. May God bless you on this journey.....
Sharon Corbett
By Sharon Corbett — last edited
You are amazing. Your words are spoken so eloquently. It just shows the spirit and beauty of your soul and that must flow down to your children and must have come from your parents. At least partly. I know because I witnessed it in the film segments. Thank you for your note of May 21st. I was wondering how you were doing. I will be thinking of you all tomorrow as well 5-23. I came upon the service for Zach and watched most of it. Zach would have been so proud of Sammy. I hear you about Zach being stationary at 18. Thinking of Grace and all the children, but that may be an age in which she needs extra support. <3 Knowing you and your family, she will be carefully supported throughout that tender age. Bless you all!
Glenda & Jeffrey Haglund
By Glenda & Jeffrey Haglund
What a beautiful testimony. Thank you
Andrea Michel
By Andrea Michel
Thank you for continuing to share yourself with us. Your faithfulness and love for Zach is a beautiful thing. I know from your book that his joyful spirit was contageous. What a blessing you were to each other. I know he watches over you and your family and how his heart must sing!
amber johnson
By amber johnson
Allison Fonseca
By Allison Fonseca
This is beautiful and so well said. When I was 26 I lost my dad whom I was very close to. I used to cry anytime I would think about those last days of his life. I don't cry now. I smile, I laugh, I talk freely about him. My most favorite from your thoughts above, "Love is not constrained by time - it is eternal and has no limits". So true.
Anne Baumann
By Anne B — last edited
This was a great post. I lost 2 people close to me back to back in 2012 and 2013, and yes, the grief does subside. The thing that bothered me (and still does) is that dead people seem to disappear from our everyday world - there's no phone number to call, the website fades away and people stop mentioning the person after a while. It took me quite some time to realize that my love for them hasn't gone away and the world is filled with people who go about their lives carrying the love and memories of loved ones who are no longer alive inside and that I'm not unique. Nice to see that your family and friends still choose to honor and remember Zach by gathering together periodically in his name. it is absolutely awesome - more of us should do this.