Jim Ostizani is a man in his late 60's who just happens to have terminal cancer. Recently he had his entire left lung removed, and has a pulmonary embolism that makes it very hard for him to breathe of speak. His wife, who has terminal breast cancer, loves accordion music, and it has always been his dream to be able to play for her. He says "I can't be sad when I hear the accordion play, and I want to lift my wife's spirits at home. I would rather go out having her know that I am happy so she won't worry so much".
From the first time Jim came in, we knew MUSE should cover his accordion lessons. He only had a child-size accordion at home, but we couldn't teach on that. The teVelde Conservatory of Music happened to have an old, musty accordian sitting around that didn't have anyone to play it, so it worked for Jim in the meantime. What we didn't know was that someone would call and offer to donate an accordion to muse the next day! No Jim has an accordian in great shape and can learn on the instrument that makes him happy. And that makes us happy.
The donator also gave us all the accordion books Jim will need to learn this year!
This is what happens when the community gets together and allows itself to trust and give. Community, you rock!