Zach Sobiech's family presents U of M with $568K check for research


The family of the late Lakeland teen who touched millions of people with his goodbye song "Clouds" has donated more than a half a million dollars to the University of Minnesota for cancer research, WCCO Radio reports.

Zach Sobiech's family was on-hand at the Minnesota Gophers game Saturday to present the U of M a check for $568,000 on his behalf.

Sobiech died at age 18 in May from osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

At the time of his death, "Clouds" had more than three million views on YouTube. Today it has more than eight million views.

Proceeds from the song, which topped iTunes sales charts and the Billboard Digital Rock charts, are going to the U of M's Cancer Research Fund -- specifically for research to prevent osteosarcoma.

Sobiech's mom, Laura, told the Pioneer Press that her son "always felt so badly for those other children who were in the hospital with him, especially the little ones who had osteosarcoma."

"He said on more than one occasion that if he had to die so those kids could have a childhood again, he would do that," Laura Sobiech told the newspaper.

See Zach Sobiech's video of "Clouds" below.

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