Zach Sobiech died on Monday, May 20th, 2013. He was 18 years old.
When he was 14 years old, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer found in children. Zach endured months of chemotherapy and had several surgeries. In May, 2012, more cancer was found in his lungs and pelvis. Rather than have surgery to remove his leg and part of his pelvis, Zach and his parents decided to enjoy the 6 – 12 months he had left.
So, Zach decided to write songs. His song “Clouds,” which you can see below on YouTube, has had more than 4 million views.
“My closure is being able to get my feelings into these songs so they (family & friends) can have something to remember me by or lean on when I’m gone.”
“You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living…” ~ Zach Sobiech
Zach got to drive his dream car for a week, courtesy of his parents. His girlfriend Amy (“I love her to death; I will love her to my death.”) stayed by his side, as did his close-knit family and school friends.
He inspired so many people that Rainn Wilson of YouTube’s SoulPancake channel made a 22-minute documentary called “My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech,” which you can watch below in its entirety.
Have a box of tissues close at hand.
But don’t have them because of Zach’s death this week; rather, have them handy because of Zach’s life. His wisdom is more than most 50-year olds, and his heart is bigger than most, too.
After I watched the documentary, I felt stronger and blessed for having met him, my tears more happy than sad. And I wasn’t able to stop my smile in the midst of my tears, just for having met such an amazing human being.
Zach – My life is richer for having listened to “Clouds” and having watched 22 minutes about your 18 year life.
Eternal rest, Zach Sobiech, and may perpetual light shine upon you.
Your soul dazzles and shines with your light.
You are beautiful. You will be remembered.