Like presumably any other 17-year-old out there, Zach Sobiech was ecstatic when a Nissan GT-R rolled into his driveway. As you can see in the image above, he had an ear-to-ear smile as he got to spend a week driving his dream car – but what you can't see is that he was just weeks away from losing a four-year battle against a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma.
Nissan found out about the teen and his dream of driving a GT-R, and actually did something about it. Says Mike Disser from Nissan Marketing Communications, "The team at Nissan was inspired by Zach's story. Loaning a GT-R to Zach to help make one of his dreams come true was an opportunity to do something uplifting and rewarding for a very special car-guy."

"You don't have to find out you're dying to start living"

Diagnosed with the cancer at the age of 14, Zach fought back with inspiring optimism and an infectious smile, but he ultimately lost his battle with cancer on May 20. In the video posted below, Zach says "you don't have to find out you're dying to start living," and hopefully, his heartwarming spirit will live on with those who watch it. Zach's love for the GT-R starts to show around the 5:30 mark, but we definitely suggest that you grab a box of Kleenex and watch the entire 22-minute video.

This video was posted on his 18th birthday ­– May 3 – when he had just weeks to live. Be sure to check out some of the videos for songs that he wrote including "Clouds" (also embedded below).




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      Taint
      • 1 Year Ago
      He deserved it. Almost brought me to tears. Nissan's stock just went up in my book.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Taint
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        Speed Devil
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Taint
        I was thinking S2000 as my future 2nd car, but now a Z is #1 RIP Zack, may your live forever in the hearts of everyone who loves you
      Burabus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Onions
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      Extremely touching and inspiring. It's great to see a kid who appreciates REAL sports cars so much, they're involved in his last wish. And yes, this is coming from a GT-R owner.
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Agreed..... We all bicker on here yet this kid just wanted to have his dream car. Props to his perspective.
      anonymous guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      These aren't tears, it's just my testosterone overflowing out my eyes. His story hurts my heart. But it hurts in a good way. It just goes to show you the world has plenty of goodness. Zach's story is very touching and inspirational. Perhaps something I take away from it could make me a better person. Who knows? I'm happy to see that he got to enjoy that GT-R. It's so cool that someone at Nissan decided to give Zach a little bit of bliss by letting him drive that GT-R for a week. Rest peacefully, Zach.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @anonymous guy
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      Pablo Arduino
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm pretty pragmatic, but i like the idea that people who pass away ends up in a better place doing the things that really got their passion in life. Kudos to nissan for giving Zach the opportunity, I hope he's revving the **** out of a nismo GT-R in some place without speed limits. Damn you autoblog and you invisible onion-chopping ninjas...
      Miguro Takahashi
      • 1 Year Ago
      To a lot of you guys here, you interpreted this video as, "Wow, we need more classy car companies like Nissan." But to me, I interpreted this as, "Wow, we need to find a cure as fast as a GT-R can accelerate from 0 to 60."
        v8eater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Miguro Takahashi
        Look up the Gerson Institute. Unfortunately conventional medicine will never offer a cure for cancer because there are billions of dollars at risk of disappearing.
        NissanGTR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Miguro Takahashi
        Sadly, cures doesnt make money. Treatments make money.
          MONTEGOD7SS
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NissanGTR
          If you've ever lost somebody to cancer you'll realize that you don't care if it's a cure or treatment so long as they get better. I would gladly work extra to afford treatments for my step-father if it meant he didn't have to die so early.
      Can Of Minus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well done, Nissan, well done.
      Jason Cho
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very heartwarming for a major manufacturer to do for anybody. From the look on the kids face, he had his dream come true.
      v8eater
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, what a great attitude for the situation he was in...strong kid.
      svntsvn
      • 1 Year Ago
      May his family cope well and know that he is in god's hands. Glad to see Nissan or rather a few people in good positions put forth an effort to make the little guy happy on some of his last days on earth. This act of compassion is no marketing ploy and people best understand that.
        Chris Paukert
        • 1 Year Ago
        @svntsvn
        Svntsn, Right you are. This was completely a heartfelt gesture by certain people at Nissan in Tennessee. When we approached them after seeing the video and suspecting it was a company-owned GT-R, they were hesitant to even have us publicly acknowledge their involvement in making Zach's wish happen. No press releases, no chest puffing about doing a nice thing, just pleased to get the chance to make it happen. Classy stuff.
      Rochester
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you for sharing that on AutoBlog.
      Ben Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I believe Zach is in a better place. Wonderful people in the video. Saying goodbye is hard. Picking up the pieces afterwards is even harder. Seems like a strong family though. Kudos to Nissan and to the Metrodome. RIP Zach....
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