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Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Education, Health | 6 comments

The Story of Zach, One of the Brave Young Men

Last evening while listening to late night radio Ian Punnett on Coast to Coast shared a story of a young man named Zach Sobiech. He is a teenager from Lakeland, Minnesota population of 1,796. One look at Zack and you will see he is an all American kid from the Heartland with many loves and with friends and family that loves him dearly.

” Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2009. Since his diagnosis, Zach has endured several surgeries and months of chemo. In May, 2012, the cancer spread to his pelvis and lungs. There are no known effective treatments left. As Zach fights to live, he remains the same joyful soul he has always been. He still smiles as brightly as he did before cancer – it just means more now. ” Zach’s YouTube Video

Zach does not wants to leave the important things unspoken. He says he is shy and not good at writing letters, so Zach picked up the gifted guitar from the Christmas when he was eleven years old and began to write songs and record them to say good-bye.

For Amy his girlfriend he wrote ‘Clouds’

For Grace his little sister he wrote, ‘For My Grace’

Samantha (Sammy) his friend since they were totters he wrote, ‘Fix Me Up’

Here is the link to Clouds by Zack Sobiech on YouTube. It has a sweetness which is often the hallmark of a pure and innocent heart. Ian Punnett shared the link last evening with the hope that we could all join and get a million hits for this young man. If you have the time, follow the link to YouTube and play Zach’s song, like it, and if you feel like it leave a few words to let Zach know that you see him. One of the greatest gifts i ever received as a child was to have a grandparent that let me know that he saw me. It is the little things that matter, the little, ‘I see you, I care, you matter.’

If you are so moved, you can help Zach get a million hits.

TwinCity article on Zach

The image is of Zach Sobiech, 17, of Lakeland walks with his girlfriend, Amy Andamle, 17, of Woodbury, between classes at Stillwater High School on Monday. “She’s strong enough to share the load with me,” says Zach, who has a rare bone cancer and has been given months to live. “I don’t think I’ll ever really be ready to let go of him,” said Amy. “I don’t ever really feel bad for myself — I’ve been so lucky to know him.” (credit: Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin)

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  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    What a touching story and what a — as you say — sweet song.

    Thank you so much OS, and our thoughts and prayers are with Zach.


  • A beautiful and heartwarming story, Sparrow. We need more that touch the soul and remind us of our humanity. Thank you.

  • zusa1

    Thank you OS.

  • sheknows

    A beautiful tribute to the strength and endurance of love.

  • zephyr

    His song, “Clouds” has been going through my head for the last half hour..

  • ordinarysparrow

    Thanks Dorian, Elijah, Zusai, SheKnows for listening… Zephyr… found the same thing …

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