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Continued: Memoir by Zach Sobiech's mom shines through the 'Clouds'

  • Article by: JEFF STRICKLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 30, 2014 - 4:39 PM

She’s also genuine, said Jeff Dunn, owner of JDunn Photography in Houlton, Wis., who became the family’s volunteer “official photographer” during Zach’s illness.

“She’s exactly the same person behind the scenes as when she’s speaking in public,” he said. “I have been unbelievably impressed by how she took one of the most difficult situations life can throw at a person and handled it with dignity and composure.”

Dunn was with her at the Mall of America singalong, where she was moved to tears. “But when someone approached her, she’d stop crying, wipe away the tears and give them all the time they wanted,” he recalled. “When I asked her why she was doing that, she said, ‘The only way people can help us fight cancer is if they know about it.’ ”

The book is a way of keeping that going.

“I feel that there is this story that people need to hear,” she said. “When ‘Clouds’ hit and Zach was sharing his message, that’s when I knew: God has done something big here.”


Jeff Strickler • 612-673-7392


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