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In February of last year I attended Up, Up, Up! A Concert 4 Zach and I saw a young man living his dream. Everyone was there to hear him sing his song, “Clouds”, and he was loving every moment. Most people have been touched by cancer in one form or another. I’ve unfortunately witnessed cancer take my grandmother and uncle.
Laura Sobiech, Zach’s mom, had a book signing at the Mall of America on May 4th for Fly a Little Higher. She spoke about finding guitar picks in unlikely places all the time since Zach passed away. They handed out guitar picks with Zach’s picture on it to people in the autograph line. While Laura signed autographs they played a video of Zach with his family and friends. I was very moved by how strong Zach was and his ability to smile even though he knew his time was coming to an end here on earth.
Sometimes cancer takes the special people in our lives to teach us how to get off our butt and live our lives to the fullest instead of letting life pass us by. This by no means makes it any easier to lose a loved one. I look forward to reading Fly a Little Higher even though I’m sure it will be a difficult read emotionally.
Life for a cancer patient is not a bed of roses and yet Zach and my uncle chose to be strong and lived their lives to the fullest, rarely letting their illness get them down.
Are you living every day like it might be your last?
What are you waiting for?
Fly a Little Higher is written by Laura Sobiech, the mother of Zach Sobiech. Laura spent the last three years walking the road of cancer with her teenage son, Zach, and blogging about their battle with the disease. Zach wrote the song “Clouds” which hit #1 on iTunes the same week he passed away in May 2013. Grab your copy HERE.
I will dare to say that Minnesotans are the best! I first heard Zach Sobiech’s song Clouds last year during KS95 for Kids marathon and was instantly drawn to this song. I don’t know how a song of such sorrow can be so beautiful but it is. I quickly bought tickets to go see Zach at his benefit concert at the Varsity Theater here in Minneapolis and was mesmerized by his music, his stage presence, and his overall kindness and love for everyone.
Yesterday 5,000 people gathered at the Mall of America to sing Zach’s song Clouds and it was beautiful! After seeing the video KS95 created, my favorite part is his parents at the end. I cannot imagine how they are feeling with this outpouring of support from the Minneapolis community and hearing their son’s words and music sung by so many. Check out KS95’s video from the Mall of America of Zach Sobiech’s song Clouds.
English: Red rose (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I sat down to write a post on editing when I was compelled to write this post instead.
I posted about Zach Sobiech back in February when I attended a benefit at The Varsity Theater for Zach. Zach’s music touched millions of people all over the world. Go ahead and google his name, you will see many interviews and videos featuring Zach.
Zach Sobiech, 18 years old, lost his battle with cancer with morning.
This video, by SoulPancake, is an amazing tribute to Zach. His positive attitude and love of life, family, and friends shined through in everything he did.
SoulPancake made another video for Clouds a song Zach wrote and sang.
Zach’s music CD, A Firm Handshake, can be found on iTunes.
May peace be with Zach’s family and friends, your loss is felt around the world.
Life was crazy busy this past week so this is a little later than I anticipated. Last Saturday I went to the Up, Up, Up! A Concert 4 Zach at the Varsity Theater with a group of friends. It was an all ages show showcasing Zach Sobiech and Vicci Martinez, with proceeds going to Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, so it was totally worth the time and money to go, but I really felt my age. Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast and I’m very glad I went but, I discovered I really can’t stand for 5 hours in high heels and enjoy it. I had never been to the Varsity Theater and I didn’t know what to expect. I discovered that 99.9% of the space there is standing room only and the bathrooms are amazing! Ok, I know that sounds really weird but it’s probably the coolest bathroom I’ve ever seen and I wish I would have taken pictures. Yes, it was that cool. Go and check them out yourself. This concert drew a diverse crowd from infants to grandparents and everyone was enjoying the music. Sometimes benefits like this one create an atmosphere of guilt and turn into a downer of an evening but not this one. The music was turned up, everyone was engaged, and there wasn’t a down moment. The evening was a success and money was raised for a good cause.