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: