Do you have a box of tissues handy? Good. Cause you’re gonna need them after watching this.
Sometimes very silly videos go viral–like this–and other times, something goes viral that not only changes your life, but shows just influential the person making it truly is. That’s the case with Zach Sobiech and his viral song, “Clouds.”
And the age of 14, Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a very dangerous type of bone cancer. Now, normally this would come as a blow to any family, and while it did for Zach and co, the teenager didn’t let it get him down. He wrote the song “Clouds” about his experience, and now all your favorite celebrities are paying tribute.
Sadly, Zach died from cancer this Monday, May 20, at the age of 18. So, we could sit here and be sad, or we could celebrate all the amazing things that Zach did before his passing. Personally, I’m someone who prefers the latter. I mean, I don’t know many other teenagers who can elicit this type of love and affection from their friends, family and random celebrities they’ve never met from the cast of The Office to Heisenberg himself, Bryan Cranston.
Zach was clearly a very special boy, as is evidenced by the documentary Soul Pancake made on him. Check that out below, and make sure to have your tissues handy. Zach was fun, funny, caring, lively and incredibly talented. It’s really a gift that we’re going to have these mementos to remember him by.
So grab some tissues, send some donations to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund to help other children with cancer, enjoy the videos and remember to live your life the way Zach suggested, “It’s really simple, actually. Just try to make people happy.”