At the age of 14, Minnesota teen Zach Sobiech was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Knowing his time was limited, Sobiech fulfilled his dream of becoming a musician, penning and recording the catchy song “Clouds.”
Before he died on May 20, 2013, Sobiech saw his song become an unexpected viral sensation, reaching No.1 on iTunes and generating millions of views on YouTube. His story of faith, bravery, and passion for living life to the fullest made national headlines, inspiring millions around the world.
Now, it’s the subject of an equally poignant and inspiring film premiering today on Disney Plus. “Clouds,” produced by Director Justin Baldoni — who also made a documentary about Sobiech’s journey for his “My Last Days” online series — stars Neve Campbell (“Scream” franchise), Fin Argus (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and Sabrina Carpenter (“Girl Meets World,” “Work It”).
Based on the memoir of Sobiech’s mother, Laura Sobiech, “Clouds” highlights the comfort and peace faith brings to difficult situations while acknowledging the reality of suffering, pain, and grief. His life — and the quiet faith of his mother — remind audiences that even in the face of death, life, love and hope can be experienced.
Viewers first meet Sobiech toward the end of his senior year of high school. Though four years into his battle with cancer, he’s optimistic about his diagnosis, anticipating college, a possible career as a musician, and a romance with his classmate, Amy. He’s a typical teenager, cheerfully bantering with his parents and three siblings around the dinner table. In one opening scene, he comically performs “Sexy and I Know It” for his class talent show.
After multiple rounds of chemo, Sobiech receives a grave diagnosis: Doctors tell him his cancer has spread to his lungs and it’s unlikely he’ll live to graduate high school.
With just a few months ahead of him, he seeks to live his life to the fullest. He asks out Amy and she accepts. In one particularly sweet scene, the teens attend a Jason Mraz concert together. Sobiech and his best friend, Sammy, sign a songwriting contract with BMI and record the song “Clouds.” In a remarkably short period of time, the song becomes a global sensation.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett