Lakeland, Minnesota’s Zach Sobiech, 17, never goes far without his guitar. And it’s music that’s helping him get through the last few months of his short life.
Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma three years ago and since then he’s undergone surgeries and chemo up the wazoo. Despite that, however, last spring he learned the cancer spread to his pelvis and lungs and that his treatment options had run out.
In December he uploaded a video to YouTube of a song he wrote and performed, “Clouds,” as a way to say goodbye to his family and friends, and to raise awareness and funds for his and others’ fight against osteosarcoma.
He’s currently taking an experimental drug to try and combat the disease, but if his doctors are correct, Zach has only until May to live. Still, according to ChildrensCancer.org, he’s still managing to greet each day with hope and joy. He’s even still going to high school (although he’s informed his teachers not to expect him to turn in any homework assignments).
“‘With my situation you don’t have time to be sad or angry or anything,” Zach told CBS News. “You have to just go because you don’t have that much time.”
To download Clouds, visit iTunes. All proceeds support the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.
To donate to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, visit ChildrensCancer.org/Zach
Photo & video credit: YouTube
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