Frequently asked questions
Zach Sobiech, an 18-year-old from Stillwater, Minnesota, was never far from his family, friends and his guitar. Upon his diagnosis of osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, in May 2009, Zach turned to music in a big way by writing and performing songs as a way to say goodbye, at first to his friends and family, and then to the world. Millions who heard Zach’s hit song “Clouds” were inspired by his heartfelt lyrics and irresistible positivity in the face of adversity.
Zach’s Movement is a community of people from all over the world who are committed to finish what Zach started - finding better treatments and a cure for osteosarcoma by raising money for research.
Zach’s mission was to make sure no other family would lose a child to osteosarcoma. Before Zach passed away in 2013, he and his family started the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund at Children’s Cancer Research Fund. To date, the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund has raised over $2.1 million to help childhood cancer researchers tackle osteosarcoma.
Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF) supports the brightest scientists whose ideas make the greatest impact for children with cancer. CCRF also supports vital family services and advocates for childhood cancer education and awareness. Since 1981, Children’s Cancer Research Fund has granted over $186 million to research, education and patient and family services.
Yes! By joining you’ll be the first to know about exciting developments connected to Zach’s story, “Clouds” the movie and Clouds Choir. As you fundraise, you’ll unlock special content from the Sobiech family, earn prizes and be entered to win exclusive experiences (more details coming soon)!
Visit this link to join Zach’s Movement and follow the prompts to register. When you’ve registered, you’ll get special access to discussion questions about “Clouds: A Memoir,” “Clouds” the movie, updates on our Clouds Choir event and more.
Zach’s Movement is built around individuals working to make a greater impact for kids fighting osteosarcoma. At this time, we do not offer a team option, but you can encourage your friends and family to join the movement with you!
Many of the standard treatments for osteosarcoma haven’t improved since the 1970s. Kids today receive harsh, outdated treatments that have long-lasting side effects and even raise a child’s risk for secondary cancers.
Zach’s Movement is changing that. Your fundraising is helping scientists develop better, safer treatments for osteosarcoma.
100% of all donations to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund support research for better treatments for this deadly disease.
Yes! Every $1 donated to Children’s Cancer Research Fund helps researchers secure an average of $18 in funding from the government and other sources. In addition, CCRF helps jump-start new research projects and fuel preclinical studies that are required before a new treatment can be used.
Step #1 – Visit your fundraising page and click on "Download Donation Form", fill it out, and attach it with your donation. This helps our donor services staff credit this donation to your fundraiser.
Step #2 – Return the completed form and check(s) to:
Zach’s Movement – Children’s Cancer Research Fund
7301 Ohms Lane Suite 355
Minneapolis, MN 55439
Note: Please make sure all checks are made out to Children’s Cancer Research Fund
Yes! Clouds Choir will be a virtual experience this year. Join us as we sing Zach’s hit song, “Clouds,” and raise money for the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund. By joining Zach’s Movement you’ll be the first to know about Clouds Choir updates.
If it is a digital incentive (special video from the Sobiechs, etc.) you will receive it in an email as soon as you reach that fundraising milestone.
If it is a physical item (Zach Sobiech guitar picks, Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund t-shirt, etc.), the item will ship to you in the coming months. We plan to ship the first round of items on 11/30.
If it is an enter-to-win incentive, you will automatically be entered once you reach that fundraising milestone. Fundraising sweepstakes rules.