Zach Sobiech was 18. He was a young man from Stillwater, Minnesota who loved music. Zach had cancer.
He died on May 20 after a four-year fight against the disease. In his last months, he turned to his guitar and wrote songs to say goodbye to those he loved with the help of longtime pal Sammy Brown. Zach wrote a song called “Clouds” for his family and friends who would be left behind when he departed this world for the next. They felt it was too beautiful to keep to themselves so they shared the song on itunes…in May of 2013 it went to #1 surpassing such artists as Pink, Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake. To date it has nearly 9 million views on YouTube as well.
It’s a song in the style of Jack Johnson, calming, soothing, peaceful…it’s lovely.
Yesterday at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN – a local radio station (KS95 FM) decided to gather a few people to sing the song in order to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund and Gillette Specialty Children’s Care.
Thousands of people showed up, mostly children, and they sang. The fund was expecting to raise a half a million dollars this weekend alone during a radio-thon.
Zach intended to leave a bit of his heart with his loved ones and, instead, it touched a nation. We’ve each lost loved ones to cancer and know too many others who have or are battling it. Cancer sucks.
Zach took a terrible thing and turned it into a wonderful gift. We should follow his example in life.
If you’d like to contribute to Zach’s fund, click here http://www.childrenscancer.org/zach/
Here’s the video from yesterday and it’s begging to be shared.