Up Up Up

Zach Sobiech was from my hometown. He was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Osteosarcoma when he was just 14 years old. A little less than a year ago he was told he had months to live. Rather than being angry or feeling sorry for himself, Zach turned to music. He wrote a goodbye song called ‘Clouds’ and posted it on YouTube. It inevitably got millions of hits. Musicians started covering it. And soon Zach’s story was all over the national news. Not just because it’s such a touching song….but mostly because of his remarkable attitude and how he was choosing to live out the last months of his life. 
Zach died at his home on May 20th. He was 18 years old.
This video, “My Last Days”  from Soul Pancake tells his story. It is heartbreaking, inspiring, and joyful. It’s gut wrenchingly beautiful. It will make you want to re-evaluate how you’re living.
 (I recommend having a box of kleenex handy. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)
Although I never had a chance to meet Zach, my community has been celebrating him for some time. And now we are lucky enough to be celebrating his amazing legacy. Zach Sobiech was the kind of person we should all aim to be. The kind of person I would be thrilled to see my kids to grow up to be. And the Sobiech family is the kind of family I strive to have. I can’t stop thinking about them. They have inspired me to do a better job of practicing gratitude, and to teach my kids to do the same. I hope they understand how much of an effect Zach has had on our community…and everyone across the country who has heard his story. 
Please join me in sending thoughts of strength and support their way. 
“You Don’t Have To Find Out You’re Dying To Start Living”
                                                       -Zach Sobiech
You can purchase ‘Clouds’ (and Zach’s other music too) on iTunes. 
All proceeds to to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.


  1. Beautiful post. He was and is such an inspiration.

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