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Health Talk recommends: Clouds by Zach Sobiech

Editor’s note: Zach Sobiech passed away on May 20, 2013. His memory lives on.

If given only months to live, what would you do? Zach Sobiech’s response: embrace every day with hope and joy. And that’s just what he is doing.

Meet Zach Sobiech, a 17-year-old from Lakeland, Minnesota who has been battling cancer for 3 years.

His journey started in November 2009, when Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer most typically found in the long bones of growing teenagers.

At the end of May 2012, following many surgeries, chemotherapy treatments and ups and downs, he was given the news there were no know effective treatments left.

So now, Zach is saying goodbye to his friends and family through music – writing and performing songs like “Clouds.”

Some days are harder than others, but Zach remains upbeat and positive. Zach Sobiech

Health Talk wants to thank University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital, Children’s Cancer Research Fund and Woolly Rhino Productions for sharing Zach’s story with us. We hope our readers continue to spread the message of hope and joy. 

  1. December 6, 2012 10:19 am | Greg Bury Says:

    Talk about finishing strong! I don’t know Zach, but he clearly understands what is important in living and in dying. This is such a gift!

  2. December 6, 2012 12:43 pm | Alesia Benson Says:

    Zach is an angel.

  3. December 6, 2012 12:47 pm | Justin Paquette Says:

    Thanks for commenting Greg and Alesia. We don’t know Zach but were all touched by his video. Glad we could share this!

  4. December 7, 2012 8:44 am | RoxAnn Mannuzza Says:

    Love it. Heard about this great young man and his song “Clouds” on the radio this am. Very touching. Would love to have it available on Itunes.

    • December 7, 2012 9:48 am | Laurel Herold Says:

      Thanks for the comment, RoxAnn! Zach’s family has set up a fund in his name to support research for his type of cancer – at There you can get a free download of this lovely song.

  5. December 9, 2012 3:32 pm | Trish Michel Says:

    I was a nurse that cared for Zach in his home over the years. Always loved seeing him and his mom and little weiner dog. He is one brave kid. Beautiful song Zach. Know you have touched many of us in homecare. Tears streaming down my face. You are incredible and you have fought valiantly and gracefully. You will not be forgotten brave man.

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