Stillwater native’s song raises half million for U cancer research

by Nicolas Hallett

The University of Minnesota Medical Foundation will receive a $568,704 donation Saturday thanks to a late Stillwater native and his hit song, “Clouds,” the Pioneer Press reports.

Before Zach Sobiech died of cancer in May at age 18 he recorded a farewell song for family and friends. After his death, the song reached No. 1 on iTunes. The song currently has more than 8 million views on YouTube.

"It is absolutely astounding," said Scott Herold, the CEO and founder of Rock the Cause, the label which released Sobiech’s album. "I don't think any of us suspected or could have even dreamed that it would go as far as it did. What's interesting is that it continues to be kind of a runaway train."

All of the proceeds from the song are donated to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund through the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, the Pioneer Press reports.

The check will be presented during Minnesota’s football game against San Jose State at TCF Bank Stadium between the first and second quarters, the Stillwater Gazette reports.

"It's showing no sign of slowing down," Herold said. "It's in the public psyche; it's out there."