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Ryan and Shannon's Largest "Clouds" Choir in honor of Zach Sobiech

Updated on January 14, 2020
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5,000 People Gathered to Sing at Mall of America in Honor of Zach Sobiech

Mall of America Rotunda
Mall of America Rotunda | Source

What is Ryan & Shannon's Cloud Choir

- Ryan & Shannon's Largest “Clouds” Choir for a Cause. On December 6, 2012, during Ryan & Shannon's KS95 for Kids Radiothon, KS95 debuted a song by Zach Sobiech, a teen with cancer, called “Clouds.” Zach and the song became a worldwide sensation, touching the hearts of millions. It has now become an annual fundraiser at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Zach Sobiech's Story


Zach Sobiech was a young man who grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota. Zach was born May 3, 1995. He was fourteen years old when he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Zach inspired his friends, family and the world, the way he faced a life-threatening diagnosis. He believed in living every day to the fullest until his passing on May 20, 2013.





Zach's Passion for Music

Zach was a Folk-Rock singer and guitar player. He was a member of a band called, "A Firm Handshake." Zach found music especially therapeutic after being diagnosed with bone cancer. He wrote the song "Clouds" as his way of saying goodbye to his friends and family. His song quickly went viral with over 8.3 million views on YouTube. It was also the number one song on KS95 radio station in Minnesota, and is the number one selling song on iTunes.

As a cancer survivor myself, I was very touched by Zach's inspirational story and how bravely he fought cancer. I jumped at the chance to sing his song "Clouds" in his honor, at the Mall of America in Minnesota.

Event at MOA in Zach's Honor

Zach debuted his song "Clouds" on December 6, 2012 at the KS95 kids radiothon for cancer. That's when millions of people fell in love with the teenager with bone cancer. Now, just a year later, the touching song was sung by over 5,000 fans who gathered in Zach's name. The event was called, "Ryan and Shannon's Largest "Clouds" Choir." Can you imagine what it was like to be a part of this. Five Thousand participants wore matching sky-blue T-shirts and circled four levels of the rotunda at Mall of America. The huge crowd included church choirs and members, School choirs and students, as well as families and friends that wanted to honor and remember Zach.

This moving event is something my sister and I will never forget. We couldn't think of a better way to begin the holiday season. As we held each other during the song, we thought of Zach's beautiful spirit as well as others who have lost the battle, and those like me who continue to survive cancer.

Photo's with KS95 Radio Personalities

My sister and I posing with Radio Celebs, Staci and Dez of KS95
My sister and I posing with Radio Celebs, Staci and Dez of KS95 | Source
My sister and I posing with Crisco-Executive Producer of the KS95 Radio Show with Moon and Staci
My sister and I posing with Crisco-Executive Producer of the KS95 Radio Show with Moon and Staci | Source

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