“I want to be remembered as the kid who went down fighting and didn’t really lose.”

ZACH SOBIECH

Treatments for osteosarcoma, the cancer that took Zach too soon, haven’t improved in decades. Zach wanted his legacy to change that. 100% of all donations to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma fund go to research for better treatments for this deadly cancer.

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Zach's Story

Zach Sobiech
2009
  • Summer: Zach is diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 14 years old.
  • December: Zach began protocol chemotherapy for osteosarcoma at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
Zach Sobiech and his family and Zach with Jason Mraz at KS95
Early 2012
  • March: Zach’s family travels to Rome, Lourdes and Paris. Zach’s hip begins to hurt again.
  • June: Doctors found the cancer had spread to Zach’s pelvis and lungs. Zach and his family were told that he had between 6 months and a year to live.
  • July: Zach did an interview for KS95 for Kids, which helped raise awareness for Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
Zach Sobiech recording Clouds
Late 2012
  • September: Zach decided to write a series of songs to say goodbye to friends and family, the most famous of which is “Clouds.”
  • November: The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund is established at Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
  • December: “Clouds” is played on the radio for the first time and the video goes viral, garnering over 2 million hits by New Year.
Zach Sobiech and family
Early 2013
  • February: Justin Baldoni and his company, Wayfarer Entertainment, spend a week with the Sobiech family to film a documentary called Meet Zach Sobiech: My Last Days
The Sobiech family at the University of Minnesota
Late 2013
  • May: Zach passes away from osteosarcoma, surrounded by his family and friends. Later that week, Zach’s fans pushed “Clouds” up to #1 on iTunes.
  • June: The Sobiech’s meet with osteosarcoma researchers for the first time and present $500K raised through Zach’s music and donations to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.
Laura Sobiech holding her book Fly a Little Higher the story of Zach Sobiech
2014 & 2015
  • May 2014: Zach’s mom Laura releases her book, “Fly a Little Higher,” detailing her family’s experience during Zach’s battle with osteosarcoma.
  • September 2015: Zach’s fund hits $1 million.
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2018
Zach Sobiech and pictures from the Clouds Movie
2019
  • Summer: Finn Argus, the actor who plays Zach in “Clouds” the movie, visits Zach’s family in Stillwater, MN. Read more here.
  • September: Jaime Modiano, begins work to develop a blood test to help doctors decide how better to treat osteosarcoma.
  • November: Zach’s family visits the set of “Clouds” movie in Montreal, Canada. The “Clouds” logo was created using Zach’s own handwriting.
Cast from the movie Clouds based on the song by Zach Sobiech
2019
  • December: “Clouds Choir” for a Cause raises over $100K for the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund. Thousands gathered at the Mall of America to sing “Clouds,” including Zach’s family, the “Clouds” movie cast and director Justin Baldoni. Watch the video here.
The Sobiech Family with Jason Mraz
2020
  • October: “Clouds” the movie is released for streaming on Disney+.
  • Seventy of Zach’s friends and family act as extras in two of the scenes.

    Your Support Funds Groundbreaking Research


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    8 Seed Grants Funded

    Promising researchers often struggle to get funding to study rare diseases like osteosarcoma, but Zach’s Fund has helped bridge that gap by funding 8 potentially groundbreaking projects.
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    National Clinical Trial

    Five years after Zach’s passing, researcher Branden Moriarty opens a clinical trial to test a new drug to treat osteosarcoma.
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    A Cure in the Making

    Researcher Beau Webber has an idea for how to treat osteosarcoma more effectively – and he isn’t afraid to use the word “cure” to describe it.
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    The Great Minds Making it Happen

    Hear from leading osteosarcoma researchers, including Zach’s own doctor, about the future of research for this rare disease.
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    Watch our 2021 Clouds Choir event, sponsored by Spire.

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    READ
    Buy Laura Sobiech's book "Clouds: A Memoir" which benefits CCRF.

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    WATCH
    Watch "Clouds" movie, now streaming on Disney+.

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    PANTS SHIRT
    Zach's "Pants" shirt, as seen in the movie "Clouds," was one of his favorites. Buy your own today - 100% of the proceeds will benefit Zach's Fund.

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    ROGER SHIRT
    This shirt is inspired by Zach and Amy's musings about getting a horse named Roger. Purchase yours and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Zach's Fund.

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    THE CLOUDS NECKLACE IS BACK! 20% OF YOUR PURCHASE SUPPORTS RESEARCH
    In continued partnership with Kendra Scott, the Clouds necklace is back with 20% of proceeds from April 15 to May 15 going to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund. On May 15, the Kendra Scott store at the Mall of America will donate 20% of sales that day to Zach’s Fund. Shop this special piece just in time for Mother’s Day!


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