Local benefit concert to raise awareness, funds for childhood cancer

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A benefit concert to bring awareness to and raise money for childhood cancer is happening Saturday, Jan. 13.

Synergy Dance Company is putting on the event, with a special guest and cancer survivor to be included in the showcase.

At 9-years-old, Gabi Shull was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.

Just months later she had surgery called Rotationplasty to remove the cancer in her knee.

Today, she's able to dance again and with a purpose.

On Saturday she'll be dancing to music that was made by someone else who fought her same cancer, but sadly, ran out of options.

His name was Zach Sobiech, and he fought osteosarcoma for four years before turning to music in his final days.

"When he put out his album, my mom bought the playlist on iTunes and we listened to it and we always liked the song, 'Clouds,'" said Shull.

"Clouds" is the song Zach made as a way to say goodbye, and it's the same song Shull will be dancing to at the benefit concert.

"It brings the emotion of look at what he can do to make a difference in the world and look at what has happened," said Robert Sobiech, Zach's dad.

Once his parents realized it was Zach's time, his mom knew what she had to do.

"His sister Aly got married 11 days after he died and we knew he was fighting to be there for that, but it was obvious he wasn't going to make it, so I just told him he didn't have to wait," said Laura Sobiech, Zach's mom.

Kari Herman, owner of Synergy Dance Academy, was grateful to play Zach's music at the concert.

"He's such an inspiration, so we're just beyond humbled to be dedicating the show in his memory," said Herman.

If you'd like to attend the showcase Saturday, tickets are still available online.

There is a showing at 1 p.m. and another at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the Colorado Springs School in southwest Colorado Springs.

All proceeds will benefit the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund and The Truth 365, another childhood cancer nonprofit.


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