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Prescott choir participate in sing-along for cancer research

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Pictured are members of the Prescott High School choir Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Mall of America where they sang for cancer research (Photo submitted).2 / 2

Zach Sobiech was only 18 years old when he died last May of osteosarcoma, a bone cancer which strikes children.

To mark his battle with cancer, the Stillwater area native recorded the song “Clouds”, which became a worldwide and viral hit.

The Twin Cities radio station KS95, which played “Clouds” for the first time, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the song being released, planned a public gathering Dec. 5, for fans of Sobiech, to sing “Clouds” at the Mall of America rotunda.

Included in that group was the Prescott High School choir, made up of 40 students.

Instructor Brittany Kamrath explained she heard about the event, by listening to KS95, and asked her students if they wanted to sing along.

“Every kid wanted to go,” she said. “They saw the impact he made, how positive he was, even though he knew what the outcome was.”

Kamrath heard KS95 was projecting around 1,000 people for the event. They were slightly off, as an estimated 5,000 people showed (There’s a link to a YouTube video from the event, to illustrate the number of people in attendance).

“There was a lot of energy in the building,” she said. “There were kids in their strollers to 70-year-old folks. It was really overwhelming.”

The Mall of America version is now available on iTunes. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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