Teen With Terminal Cancer Documents Final Days On Film, Says Goodbye

May 21, 2013
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We first shared about  Zach Sobiech in January of this year when his emotional goodbye song ‘Clouds‘ went viral. Zach choose to share his feelings about dying in a way most 17 year old teens never could. Zach changed many lives by the way he lived his final months.

From: http://www.childrenscancer.org/zach/

With heavy hearts, we are saddened to share that Zach Sobiech passed away this morning. Zach was at home and at peace with those he loved most. Zach’s life ended just as he lived, embraced by the love of his family, friends, grace and music.

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Cancer may have taken Zach too soon, but he leaves a lasting legacy that most of us will never achieve. His message of love and hope delivered through infectious lyrics and memorable tunes have imprinted on the minds and hearts of millions around the world. Zach became a beacon of light and benevolence in a world that sometimes weighs too heavily. In turn, he received a flood of well-wishes that helped him, and his loved ones, smile through tremendous pain and worry.

His legacy will also help the children of tomorrow who learn that they have osteosarcoma, the type of cancer that took Zach’s life. He became the face of this rare disease and built tremendous awareness of the need for more research funding. Because of Zach, his family’s support, and the donations of thousands in his name, kids with osteosarcoma will have better outcomes in the future. This was a source of comfort to Zach in his last days, and will provide comfort to his family going forward.

We extend our deepest condolences to the Sobiech family – parents Rob and Laura, siblings Alli (Collin), Sam and Grace, along with Zach’s many friends, aunts and uncles, cousins, teachers, classmates and others who share in this tremendous loss.

We also want to acknowledge Zach’s friends and A Firm Handshake band mates, Sammy Brown and Reed Redmond, who dedicated their time and energy to helping Zach achieve his music dreams. Our thoughts are also with Zach’s constant companion, and love of his life, girlfriend Amy Adamle.

With Zach’s blessing, the Sobiech family requests that all memorials be directed to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund in lieu of flowers to help carry on Zach’s mission to help kids with cancer.

To share messages of condolences or to find obituary information, please visit Zach’s CaringBridge page.

We’ll see you again, Zach, up in those clouds.

My Last Days documentary about Zach

SoulPancake, a media company that seeks to provide platforms to explore “big think” topics such as spirituality, creativity, religion, arts, and philosophy, filmed a documentary about Zach Sobiech and his life for their series, My Last Days.

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