Teen Zach Sobeich dies of cancer, inspires millions

WINSTON-SALEM, May 21, 2013 ― Nearly four years ago, Zach Sobeich was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. In December, he published a pop hit song that he had written, Clouds, which went viral, with almost 3.5 Million views on YouTube.

On Monday May 20th, the Children’s Cancer Research Fund announced:

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“With heavy hearts, we are saddened to share that Zach Sobiech passed away this morning. Zach was at home and at peace with those he loved most. Zach’s life ended just as he lived, embraced by the love of his family, friends, grace and music. With Zach’s blessing, the Sobiech family requests that all memorials be directed to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund in lieu of flowers to help carry on Zach’s mission to help kids with cancer.”

Although he passed away yesterday, his legacy will live on.

The SoulPancake Youtube video above, My Last Dayshas also gone viral, and has been watched by over 1.1 million people since Zach’s passing yesterday.  The video chronicles his last days and his message to the world.  

Most viewers find the video heart-wrenching and extremely emotional. Zach’s story, however, is not depressing.  He leaves behind a world of inspiration for those that watch his message of happiness.

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Zach Sobeich was the kid who went down fighting, and didn’t really lose.

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John Paul Cassil studied Business Management (Entrepreneurship) and Political Science, recently graduating from Clemson University with the highest GPA of all business majors in his class. Cassil currently performs business analysis for the Secretary's Office of the U.S. Department of State, with an active Top Secret Security Clearance. 

Cassil has extensively traveled throughout Europe, the US, and the Middle East. He's lived across the American South, in Belgium, Kuwait, and Israel. He has interests in politics and foreign policy, having participated in numerous Model United Nations conferences around the world, including Harvard World MUN in Taipei, Taiwan and Princeton's 2008 Youth Initiative for Progress in Iraq Conference, in Amman, Jordan. 

In 2007, Cassil was appointed as a U.S. House of Representatives Republican Cloakroom Page by Speaker of the House John Boehner. Cassil has since worked for Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, as well as South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson's successful campaign. 

In College, Cassil served as the Managing Editor and Media Director of Clemson's Tiger Town Observer, as well as the Founder and Chairman of Clemson's Young Americans for Freedom. He has spoken about his collegiate activism at national conferences of organizations such as the Young America's Foundation and Eagle Forum. He has written articles for both The Washington Times Communities and Roll Call.

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