User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


68° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Balloon Launch In Memory Of Zach Sobiech

May 24, 2013, 4:55 PM by Perry Groten

Balloon Launch In Memory Of Zach Sobiech
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Some Sioux Falls students paid tribute on Friday to a Minnesota teen who lost his battle with a rare form of bone cancer earlier this week. They gathered at Patrick Henry Middle School for a high-flying farewell.

Some Patrick Henry eighth graders formed a special bond with Internet sensation Zach Sobiech. 

Zach gained worldwide acclaim with his song called Clouds that's climbed to number one this week on iTunes. Even though they've never met Zach in-person, they know he's still with them in spirit.

"Every day, we checked up on his blog and how he was doing. We got very happy when we found out he was good this day, or we were sad when he was doing bad that day.  Now it's just kind of ended," Patrick Henry eighth grader Owen Alvine said.

The students exchanged well-wishes with Zach in his final weeks. It's the first time many of them have had to deal with the death of someone close.

"I can never imagine it happening to anyone I know. But, I'm sure it was the same thing with them, too," Patrick Henry eighth grader Isaac Goeman said.

Zach proved to be both a friend and a role model to the students, showing the entire world how to face life's toughest challenge with a song and a smile.

"He never held his head down and he was never really sad," Goeman said.

Many of these students were on a trip to Washington, DC when they learned about Zach's death. Being back home, with their classmates, even for just these few minutes, is a big help in the healing process.

"It's always easier to be with someone who also experienced the same thing you did," Alvine said.

The students' helium-filled balloons float toward the Clouds that Zack sang about.

"Make sure that he didn't die for no reason.  Make sure that he's remembered and that he's still making a difference, even though he's not here," Alvine said.

The Patrick Henry students will also create a video tribute to Zach that they'll send to his mother.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Body Identified: No Foul Play Suspected

7/22/2014 8:56 PM

No foul play is suspected in the death of 64 year-old Susanna K. Bannwarth. The Fulton woman was reported missing Monday morning. Her body was f...

Full Story
Two People Go To Hospital Following Fight

7/28/2014 11:30 AM

Sioux Falls Police say a large fight behind the Best Buy store on 41st Street landed two people in the hospital early Sunday morning.

Full Story
Car Versus Bike Crash Near 41st And Marion

7/23/2014 4:39 PM

A car versus bike crash happened at the intersection of 41st Street and Larch Avenue.

Full Story
Missing Woman Located

7/23/2014 6:19 PM

Tori Jean Bruggeman has been located by police. Authorities are working to get her reunited with family.

Full Story
Police Looking For Sioux Falls Woman

7/23/2014 5:06 PM

There is a search underway for a missing 31-year-old woman.

Full Story


Events