Zach Sobiech: Finding peace through music
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.
Cancer may have taken Zach too soon, but he leaves a lasting legacy that many of us will never achieve. His message of love and hope delivered through infectious lyrics and simple 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. 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.
Celebrities pay tribute to Zach through song
Zach Sobiech, 18-year-old teen from Stillwater, Minn., was never far from his friends, and his guitar. Upon his diagnosis of terminal cancer, Zach turned to music in a big way - writing and performing songs as a way to say goodbye to his friends and family. Zach passed away on May 20, 2013.
Zach bravely battled osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, since his diagnosis at age 14. As the disease progressed, doctors had no more effective treatment options to offer him a cure, and Zach was told in May, 2012 that he likely had months to a year to live.
Writing goodbye letters weren’t Zach’s style, so he put his heart into song lyrics.
In the face of this earth shattering news, his response was to embrace every day with hope and joy. Zach surrounded himself with family and friends. And, he wrote songs for the ones he loved, which touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Writing goodbye letters weren’t Zach’s style, so he put his heart into song lyrics. He released two albums, performed alongside some of today’s best musicians and achieved a dream of helping raise money and awareness for osteosarcoma research.
His hit song “Clouds” and the accompanying music video on YouTube garnered worldwide attention after his story appeared on CNN and in newspapers, television and websites around the world. The “Clouds” YouTube video topped 2.5 million views and continues to climb. Zach, along with his band, A Firm Handshake, released their sophomore album, “Fix Me Up”, in February, 2013 which continues to gain popularity.
In May, 2013, SoulPancake, a media company, released a documentary about Zach Sobiech and his life for their series, My Last Days.
See Zach’s Music Videos
Zach in the News
May 10 | This could easily be the most moving celebrity shout-out of all time. Zach Sobiech, 17, inspired millions with his cancer fight and the farewell song he penned, “Clouds.” Read More
From Pioneer Press
Dec 9 | For Zach Sobiech, life is crutches and chemo. It’s making deals with God. It’s taking 13 pills at a time without water. It’s clumps of curly hair in the trash. It’s crying in bed late at night and laughing with friends. Read More
Because osteosarcoma is so rare, more private funding, like funding from Children’s Cancer Research Fund, is needed to push research forward.