SPOKANE, Wash.-- A Spokane hospice patient fulfilled his life-long dream on Tuesday to play a real church pipe organ.
Jim McCollim is nearing his 93rd birthday and knows he didn't have a lot of time left. He said he played an electronic organ for decades.
"Attempting for 40 years," he said. "Let's put it that way."
McCollim said he recently chatted with his aides at Horizon Hospice and told them about his lifelong desire to play a church pipe organ.
"I wanted to do it before I left this world," McCollim said.
So the Horizon Hospice staff arranged it.
"Hospice is about living life to its fullest today," said Chris McFaul, the Director of Operations at Horizon Hospice.
The Cathedral St. John Evangelist on Spokane's South Hill agreed to let him play, and he did.
McCollim is legally blind and played everything entirely from memory.
"All in my head," McCollim said. "Probably 125 to 150 songs."
He added, "St. John Cathedral and the people of Horizon Hospice: thank you for arranging this for me. Thank you. It just brings tears to my eyes to think I would be able to try this."
Jim McCollim plays the organ weekly for a senior group with Alzheimer's disease. He said they may not remember their own name, but they remember the songs.