Zach Sobiech chose to make each moment of his life matter until his untimely death of cancer. His legacy is the story behind CLOUDS on Disney+, and the true story behind the movie is filled with faith and hope.
CLOUDS is based on the book “Fly a Little Higher,” by Laura Sobiech, Zach’s mother.
“Okay, Lord, you can have him. But if he must die, I want it to be for something big. I want someone’s life to be changed forever.”
This is what Laura Sobiech prayed when she found out her seventeen-year-old son had only one year to live. With this desperate prayer, she released her son to God’s will.
At that point, Zach Sobiech was just another teenager battling cancer. When his mother told him to think about writing good-bye letters to family and friends, he decided instead to write songs. One of them, “Clouds,” captured hearts and changed not one life but millions, making him an international sensation.
But Zach’s story is not just about music. It’s a testament to what can happen when you live as if each day might be your last. It’s a story about the human spirit. It’s about how God used a dying boy from a small town in Minnesota to touch the hearts of millions—including top executives in the music industry, major music artists, news anchors, talk show hosts, actors, priests and pastors, and school children across the globe.
Zach once said, “I want to be known as the kid who went down fighting, and didn’t really lose.” Fly a Little Higher is about how God used Zach to do something big.
How Zach let his faith define him left a major impact on the actors and actresses who brought his story to the screen.
“The answer that comes to mind is Zach’s resounding phrase, ‘You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living,’ and of course that’s something I’ve internalized,” said Fin Argus, who portrays Zach.
“After having spent three months just in Zach’s mind and trying to figure out exactly what he was feeling when he was going through that, it helped me to have a really positive perspective on loss and grief, which has become an invaluable tool for me, just as a person,” Argus continued.
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