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December 14th, 2012
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Minnesota teen uses music to cope with cancer; CNN's Ed Lavandera reports: leaving 'unforgettable melodies is Zach Sobiech’s final wish'

“Early Start” brings you a story of a brave 17-year-old Minnesota teen. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Zach Sobiech doesn’t expect to live to see his 18th birthday but he is determined to leave behind a musical legacy. CNN’s Ed Lavandera has his story.

“Zach Sobiech’s soul is filled with lyrics racing against time to get out,” Lavandera says. Zach was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer three years ago. After ten surgeries and endless chemotherapy, his doctor has told him he has just months to live. His mother has since suggested he write letters goodbye to family and friends.

“I am awful at writing,” Zach says. “I can’t sit down and write a letter. I’ve tried. I decided to pick up my guitar to start playing music.”

“That’s how his song called ‘Clouds’ was born,” Lavandera says, “a goodbye to those he loves.”

“It’s kind of me always being there for them,” Zach says. “If they keep singing that song throughout their whole life out, I’ll be right there next to them the whole way.”

He can’t stop writing lyrics now, “there are so many songs he wants to leave behind,” Lavandera says. “I can’t really put on the breaks at all,” Zach says, “I can’t wait for anything.”

“Turning the heartache of cancer into unforgettable melodies is Zach Sobiech’s final wish on this long goodbye.”

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  1. Sharla Meschke

    The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music vary according to culture and social context. Music ranges from strictly organized compositions (and their recreation in performance), through improvisational music to aleatoric forms. Music can be divided into genres and subgenres, although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, '::-

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  2. Winter and Jake

    Jake would like to know what chemotherapy is exactly? Winter would like to know how fast chemotherapy could kill someone if it went wrong?

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  3. bluecollarroots

    Zach Sobiech is a wonderful young man. His poignant goodbye song, 'Clouds' is now available on iTunes. Proceeds of the song benefit the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Research Fund.

    December 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply

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