When Zach Sobiech was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer at the young age of the 14, the doctors told him he wasn’t going to live for long. So Sobiech turned to his passion for singing and songwriting, penned a song that went on to be number 1 on the iTunes chart, and went on to inspire millions.
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Sobiech, who was from Stillwater, Minnesota, wanted to write a song as he lived his final days to the fullest. Although it was ironically the last song in his career, it still inspired millions and even sparked a fundraiser for a good cause.
The song was remade to a YouTube video featuring well-known personalities such as Chris Pratt, Josh Gad, and singer Colbie Calliat. The video was uploaded in actor Rainn Wilson‘s channel SoulPancake, who made a documentary about the brave young soul gone too soon.
Not only that, but Sobiech’s bravery helped raise up to $750,000 funds to aid in the research for osteosarcoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer.
Sobiech peacefully passed away on May 20, 2013, at the age of 18. His family has set up a fund under his name so everyone can donate on his behalf. A memoir on his life was written by his mother, Laura, entitled Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way.
You may purchase his album on iTunes to donate to his cause.