Zach Sobiech: Living in the “Clouds”

May 22, 2013


Life is a gift that is often taken for granted when it should be cherished. If there’s one kid who cherished life to its fullest, it’s Zach Sobiech. Zach is an 18 year old from Minnesota who unfortunately lost his battle to cancer earlier this week. Diagnosed with osteosarcoma when he was 14, Zach knew he was going to have to fight this battle with everything he had. Last May, he was given a year to live, but he wasn’t willing to just sit around and wait for the illness to take his life. Zach Sobiech turned to music

Zach turned to music for one reason, closure. In “My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech,” his story, Zach said, “My closure is being able to get my feelings into these songs. So friends and family could have something to remember me by, or lean on when I was gone.” Zach released a song titled “Clouds,” which went viral and even received a celebrity-tribute video earlier this month.  With the lyrics, “We’ll float up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end; And we’ll go up, up, up; But, I’ll fly a little higher; We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer,” Zach is constantly inspiring people. The official “Clouds” video and the celebrity tribute video (featuring Ashley Tisdale, Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, The Lumineers, Phillip Phillips, Rachael Bilson, Sara Bareilles, and more) are both posted below. “Clouds” is available for purchase on iTunes, it’s currently at the No. 5 spot, but increasing as time goes on.

“In My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech” is a 22-minute film, posted below, that becomes more moving by the minute and will truly inspire you to go out and live each day to the fullest. It shows Zach interacting with his family and friends, driving his dream car, and dancing with his girlfriend. You should definitely spend the twenty-minutes watching the entire film. The documentary’s director Justin Baldoni says, “I was not expecting to meet a 17-year-old who would change my life.” That’s exactly what Zach Sobiech does: he changes lives.

Everyone at Weknowthedj is saddened by the loss of such an incredible life, but we’re inspired by the life that Zach Sobiech lived. Our team of diverse writers will be using Zach’s words and messages to make ourselves better. We send our condolences to the Sobiech family—Rob and Laura, you raised a remarkable young man; Alli, Sam and Grace—you were blessed with an incredible brother, keep his legacy living forever.  If there’s one piece of Zach’s advice that all of our Weknowthedj readers need to take in, it’s “You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living.” So, get out there and start living your life.


Written by: Meg C. (@lilmegwktdj)

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