It takes just a moment to fall into despair. But, we can make the choice to fight it.
I like to think this may lead to a dream come true for Z.
I share a little about the day I imagined what life could have been like. Turns out, our imagination can lead us to some pretty dark places.
"And for a split second I was transported to a different life. I imagined Zach, strong and whole. He had a head full of thick blonde curls, his shoulders were b...road and full of strength and his long legs were sure and steady...I saw a boy who had a lifetime ahead of him, not the boy who would be dead in six weeks," shares Laura, incredible mother to Zach.
This was so amazing for Rob and me. Gabi Shull, an osteosarcoma survivor and childhood cancer advocate, and her sisters - all dancers - performed to Clouds with the Synergy Dance Company, Clouds Showcase fundraiser. Money was raised for the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund and The Truth 365. Thank you TheTruth365 and Mike Gillette for capturing it all on video! And thank you Kari Herman for your huge heart .
Please watch and share this touching story about cancer fighters Zach Sobiech and Gabi Shull, two children diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer call...ed osteosarcoma. Before he passed away in 2013, Zach wrote a song called “Clouds” that went viral and reached #1 on iTunes. While Gabi never met Zach, she loved his music and played it over and over.
Alhough cancer caused Gabi to become an amputee, it never stopped her from being a gifted dancer. When Kari Herman from Synergy Dance Company in Colorado Springs invited Gabi and her sisters to perform at their annual showcase, they said yes and decided to dance to “Clouds.” They quickly learned a new routine over their Christmas break and then traveled from Missouri for the showcase.
This video features Kari, Zach’s mom Laura Friedrich Sobiech as well as the performance by Gabi and her sisters Ally Shull and Ina Beana.
Proceeds from the concert benefited the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund and The Truth 365.
Special thanks to the Synergy Dance Company and the participating studios and guest artists. Also special thanks to our new team member Alyssa Michener for editing this video.
Debbie Lopez Shull
Eight years ago Zach told me if he had to die so that other kids with osteosarcoma could live, he would do it. My prayer since that day has been that Zach's suffering and death would lead to abetter understanding of osteosarcoma and treatments for kids diagnosed with the disease. This trial may end up being the answer to that prayer and Zach's desire to make real change for kids with osteosarcoma! So proud of the work that you continue to do Z!
For three years, Zach and I walked past this wall at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital on our way to chemo, scans and surgeries. I remember thinking how grateful I was for the people and organizations who generously raised so much money to help our kids.
Now, five years after Zach's music was released into the world, his name is up on this wall where those who have raised a million dollars or more are gratefully recognized.
Thank you to everyone who has... donated dollars, and downloaded or streamed Zach's music to help us raise $1,510,334.30 for osteosarcoma research!
And, thank you Zach, for teaching us that when we share our gifts with the world, they always multiply and make the world better.
The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund now has a place on the million or more wall at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. There is so much about our lives that I never saw coming, but have been so incredibly grateful to be a part of. This is one of those things.
Here it is! The 5th annual "Clouds" Choir for a Cause video!
What a blessing to our family Justin has been. I am so grateful he came into our lives and Zach's life when he did. Thank you for this Justin Baldoni.
TODAY is #GivingTuesday on Facebook! Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering to contribute up to $2 million to match donations to nonpro...fits like CCRF on Facebook.
Here are a couple of ways you can help Children's Cancer Research Fund raise a bunch of money for research:
•Donate to my Facebook fundraiser on Tuesday, November 28
•Tag Children’s Cancer Research Fund by typing something like, “In the spirit of giving, I’m raising money for @ChildrensCancerResearchFund (you'll see CCRF pop up)! Please donate!” in your status and add a donate button to a Facebook post to prompt your friends and family to donate.
Together we can make beautiful things happen!
"I never want to lose the ache of losing him because that is how I care for Zach now." ~ Laura Sobiech
For more blog posts, visit www.laurasobiech.com.
If you've wondered what Amy, Zach's girlfriend, has been up to, she's been doing some remarkable reporting at WDIO in Duluth, MN. This is a beautiful story about the remarkable Dexter. He's amazing and so is Amy
After Dexter Ojeda's hard-fought battle with cancer, doctors say there is no longer a cure. Instead of dwelling on it, Dexter is crossing off items on his bucket list and living his life to the fullest while he still can. It was truly an honor to meet this family and tell their story.
This folded up piece of notebook paper has been missing for four and a half years, since Zach's funeral. I have searched and searched, but was not able to find them. Until this evening. I was looking through a box of Zach's things for something else, and a bible that some school children sent Zach before he died caught my eye. Tucked in its pages were the original handwritten lyrics to "Clouds". It's the unexpected times when he shows up that make him feel close again.