Almost five and a half years ago, when we were first beginning Love Your Melon, we met an incredible individual named Zach Sobiech. Zach was full of life, love, joy and dreams. He was battling osteosarcoma, but he was determined to live each day to the fullest. Zach was the first recipient of a Love Your Melon beanie in the winter of 2012.
As Zach endured treatment, we asked him, “What do you want to do before you die?” Zach told us he wanted to go up into the clouds. When Zach had just weeks to live, we were able to surprise him with a helicopter ride, which became the inspiration for our Superhero Adventures for children battling cancer. After seeing how meaningful this experience was for Zach, we decided to continue providing adventures for as many children as possible.
We were not the only ones Zach inspired. Zach’s song “Clouds” reached No. 1 on iTunes after he passed away. He touched many lives with incredible outlook on life, and his legacy continues now through the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, which is a part of our partner Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Zach and his family created the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund as a way to raise money for osteosarcoma research.
The fund has grown to have an enormous impact by funding top-notch research, and we are honored to join this effort by partnering with the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund. Our partnership will provide $50,000 to directly support critical research to design more effective, customized therapies that minimize the devastating side effects of current osteosarcoma treatments.
Our friend Zach continues to inspire us to make a difference in our lives and in the lives of other children battling cancer. We can’t wait to see the impact of this important research - thank you for making this possible!