Boy Dying of Cancer Inspires Others

Boy Dying of Cancer Inspires Others


Zach Sobiech went for a run 3 years ago. He complained of pain in his hip and went to the doctor. The pain turned out to be a malignant tumor that eventually grew to the size of a plumb. He had multiple surgeries and chemotherapy – none of it worked. In May of 2013, the doctors told him that he had less than a year to live. Time has almost ran out for Zach. He will most likely die in the next few months (author’s note – Zach did die soon after recording this).

Zach, who has been playing guitar since the age of 12, wrote a song entitled “Clouds” to get some of his emotion out. With lyrics like, “If I only had more time,” and “We’ll go up, but I’ll fly a little higher”, he found his own way to say goodbye to his family and share his inner thoughts. What he didn’t anticipate was that a local radio station would want to record the song and produce a video. The video was placed on Youtube and has been viewed over 2 million times.

Author’s Perspective: Life is terminal for all of us, i.e. we will all die someday. There are no exceptions to the rule. Still, it saddens us to hear of someone so young with so much to offer who is dying. Zach is inspiring millions with his attitude to live life to the fullest despite having limited time left. He is not happy about his prognosis, but he is staying positive and dedicating what time he has left to help others who will one day find themselves in this predicament.  If you feel inspired, perhaps you might want to donate to this worthy cause at Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.

Your Turn:
1) What do you think and feel when you hear about Zach’s story? Do you find it inspiring?
2) Do you understand that this could just as easily be you or a loved-one? How do you think you would cope with this kind of news?
3) Are you living life to the fullest, understanding that you only get one March 12, 2013?

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