Teen Battling Rare Cancer Signed to BMI

Updated: 02/04/2013 11:31 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

A Minnesota teen battling a rare form of cancer has a reason to celebrate.

Seventeen-year-old Zach Sobiech was signed by BMI, a performing rights organization that collects royalties for songwriters to make sure they get paid when their music is played.

With months left to live, Sobiech is using the time to write songs. Some of his songs have hit nearly 2 million views on YouTube.

If you glanced at Sobiech, he appears to be like any 17 year old. You might even think that he's on crutches because he injured himself in some kind of sport. But that isn't the case, his parents say; he is living with an incurable cancer. He has endured surgeries, chemo and countless days in the hospital.

"He's had a resection of his lung, collapsed lung, hip replacement, he's had some tough things to go through," Zach's mom said.

Osteosarcoma, is a rare bone cancer where just 400 cases are diagnosed in children under the age of 20 per year. Doctors give Zach no more than a year to live.

With such little time his mom suggested he write a letter to everyone in his life, telling them how much they meant to him. Instead the teen is creating sweet music with his trusty guitar as a way to say goodbye to those he loves.

"His first song Clouds, has been kind of a sensation, it's really touching peoples hearts. But he hasn't stopped there he's written several songs since then," Zach's mom said.

"I think you have to deal with it day by day and sometimes hour by hour," Zach's dad said.