Most people hear the word “hero” and automatically think of a comic book hero. You know, the ones with the super powers and incredible physical strength. But, there are other heroes out there, ones that have strength in more ways than one.
Zack Sobiech was a true hero in the sense that he had emotional strength some of us could not even comprehend. He was able to live out the remaining days of his life with a smile on his face and death patiently awaiting him around the corner. Everywhere he went, his smile and personality created an aura of joy, happiness, and peace. No matter how bad the news was, he knew laying down and accepting it was not an option.
Even though he found out he was terminally ill with cancer, he still managed to create beautiful music (video posted below), love, and drive his dream car: the Nissan GT-R. In the documentary (found below) about his last days, he describes the GT-R as being the least expensive, with the most performance. In his words, “it’s perfect.”
When Nissan found out about his situation and his affinity for their supercar, they loaned home a GT-R to drive for a week. His dad pulled up to the driveway and surprised his son with the car he had only driven in video games. His reaction to the car was a much need experience for both Zach and his family, especially in such dire times.
He drove everywhere in the car, smiling the entire way.
A car is transportation to some. A job for others. And to a select few of us, it is our passion. For Zach, cars were clearly his passion. This is obvious when you see his face light up as he sat behind the wheel of a car he dreamt of driving. It was a week of escape for Zach. Taking his sister to her basketball practices in the GT-R was not a chore, it was a dream come true.
Sadly, Zach Sobiech lost his battle with cancer on May 20th. We here at duPont REGISTRY and Autofluence send our thoughts and condolences to Zach’s family. His parents should be proud to have raised such an uplifting and inspiring individual. The story he leaves behind has inspired us all to live by his saying: “You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living.”
Zach Sobiech was a real hero and will be missed by all.