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Zach Sobiech was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cancer at the age of 14.  The cancerous bone tumor, called osteosarcoma, led him to multiple surgeries and months of chemotherapy. All of these treatments proved unsuccessful. In 2012, the cancer spread to his lungs and pelvis. The doctors felt that he only had a few months to live and his mother suggested that he start writing letters to people he cared about.

Instead of letting this diagnosis lead him into a world of depression, Zach decided to do something with his life in order to share his spirit with others. He wanted to let his loved ones know just how much he cared for them and he never stopped smiling even until the end. Over the next few years, he took to music and wrote down his thoughts in the form of inspiring lyrics. He wrote several songs, but the one that has become most famous is called “Clouds.”

Last week, Zach passed away on May 20, 2013. His You Tube video has gone viral and his song “Clouds” soared to #1 on iTunes. Actor, Rainn Wilson (from The Office) was moved by Zach’s story and SoulPancake created a short documentary about the teen called: “My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech.”

To hear Zach’s song or watch the short documentary, click the videos.  What a spirit Zach had!

 
 Choi Sung-bong has overcome tremendous challenges in his life, but he has never given up and he keeps moving forward no matter what is thrown at him. At the age of three, Choi was abandoned in an orphanage in Korea. He claims that he ran away from the orphanage at the age of five after enduring several beatings by the people there. During his younger years, he survived by selling energy drinks and gum on the streets. The only places he could find to sleep were in stairwells and public restrooms. By the age of eight, he was working as a manual laborer and a delivery boy.

While doing these jobs, he met a women who ran a food cart outside a night club and she encouraged him to take the general education equivalency exam in Korea so that he could finish his basic schooling and enter high school.  Ultimately, he graduated from Daejeon Arts High School, but he never received any vocal training because he did not have the funds to pay for the master classes.

Undeterred, Choi would listen to music and practice singing songs. During one his stays at Kun Yang University Hospital where he was being treated for medical issues involving a car accident, Choi volunteered to perform a recital for four students who needed financial aid for schools during his in-patient stay. He continued to sing because he said that this was the one thing he loved to do after living such a hard life in early childhood.

Choi ultimately ended up on the show Korea's Got Talent and the video below shows his initial appearance. He became immensely popular in Korea during the 2012 season and he finished second in the competition. Because of his TV exposure, his background was checked intensely and has been verified by the South Korean media. Choi truly exhibits strength and courage to keep fighting in life no matter what obstacles are in your way.
 
Patrick Henry Hughes has a story that is both inspirational and motivational. Patrick was born without eyes and with a disability in his arms that did not allow them to straighten properly. Despite these challenges, Patrick's family quickly realized by his second birthday, that he was somewhat of a musical genius. Patrick soon began playing the piano with grace and emotion that astonished everyone around him.

Now, Patrick also plays trumpet and is even in the marching band at the University of Louisville. "I mean, God mad me blind and didn't give me the ability to walk, I mean, big deal," said Patrick. "He gave me the talent to play piano and trumpet and all that stuff."

Patrick's life philosophy is that of a fighter. "I'm the kind of person who is going to fight until I win. That's my main objective - fight until I win." Patrick's spirit and motivation to keep moving forward should serve as a shining example to anyone facing challenges in life.

But the other heroes in this story are Patrick's parents. His mom works full time to supplement their income and still takes care of Patrick's daily needs. His father works the graveyard shift at UPS in order to be up during the day attending classes with Patrick and even wheels him around the football field in the marching band. The love that exudes from these parents to their child is endearing. "He's my hero," said Patrick's father.

To read more, check out this article:
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/t/story?id=2643340&page=1&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inspire21.com%2Fstories%2Ftruestories%2FGodMadeMeBlind
 
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Most of these posts involve people who have already overcome tragedy and moved on with their lives - sometimes, years later. For Jeff Bauman, he is just in the beginning of his recovery. Jeff had his legs blown off in the Boston marathon bombing on April 15, 2013 and the picture to the left (of Jeff) became a symbol of the horrific after-math that affected so many victims.

Just a few weeks after the bombing, Jeff appeared as an honorary banner captain at a Boston Bruins game. (see video above). Here is a guy who has every reason to hold pity parties for himself or fall into depression. Yet, as you can see in the video, he appears triumphant and ready to move forward with his life. In a statement, Jeff said: "I want to thank everyone for their amazing support for me and all those injured and their families. I'm making great progress and I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. "

Even in the rehab facility, shortly after his surgeries, Jeff had an amazing outlook on his future: "But . . . it's in the past. You only look forward.  I had a lot to live for in the past and I have a lot to live for now." Jeff is truly inspirational with his philosophy on life and recovery Hopefully, it will motivate others to get off their stool and get back into the fight.

To read more about Jeff's story, click here: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/pissed_but_he_dead_and_still_here_4eohIvLssoxHUYNIbnha5H