3,500 ready to sing Zach Sobiech's 'Clouds' at Mall of America

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3,500 people plan to form one giant choir Thursday in a performance of the late Zach Sobiech's song "Clouds" at the Mall of America.

The Pioneer Press reports the singers will surround the rotunda on all four floors of the mall. The performance is part of KS95's two-day radiothon, a fundraiser for groups including Children's Cancer Research Fund.

It was at the same event last year that Sobiech debuted "Clouds," a song the 18-year-old cancer patient wrote as a farewell to his friends and family.

After Sobiech's death in May the song surged in popularity. It reached the top of music charts compiled by iTunes, Billboard, and others. The YouTube video has more than 8.8 million hits.

When KS95 announced plans for the performance last month, organizers said they hoped to put together a 1,000-voice choir. The Pioneer Press says the radio station and the mall realized within a couple of days that they would need to cutoff point for the size of the choir and settled on 3,500.

KS95 executive Dan Seeman tells the newspaper "This song has touched so many people in so many ways that I think there is nothing more fitting than to let the people come out and sing it."

The 6 p.m. performance will be videotaped and released on KS95's website Friday morning. Spectators are welcome, but are advised to stake out a spot early.

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