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  • Jimmy's taking some time off

    Posted by Jimmy C

    Hello my dear friends, as you know in 2011 I was diagnosed with Emphysema and Pulmonary Fibrosis. While there is no cure for either of these diseases, I have been blessed to have received the best care possible at The University of Michigan while I await a double lung transplant.
    The Lord has also blessed me with my wonderful wife of 37 years and a very supportive family, as well as my extended family through this radio ministry. The last 16 years as host of Hymntime have been more of a blessing than I deserve. 
    But it is with a very heavy heart I must tell everyone my diseases have progressed to the point where it is very difficult for me to do much physical activity. It is for this reason I am taking a hiatus from Hymntime. I am hoping and praying this will only be temporary, but it is in The Lord’s hands.
    My dear friend from our sister station in Kalamazoo, Jim McKinney will be filling in for me and my best friend and Brother-in -Christ, Fred Lutzke will still be here to take your requests. I know they will take very good care of all my wonderful friends who listen each week. I will still be around, just not in the studio. I know Fred and Jim will do a great job taking care of the show. And you can still e-mail me at hymntime@yahoo.com. 
    Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers and your support for the last 16 years. Lord willing I will not be gone long.
    God Bless you all. 
    Jimmy C.

  • Benefit concert on November 3rd

    Posted by Jimmy C

    I want to Thank Mary Jane Williams for setting up a concert for my transplant fund.
    It will be on November 3rd at 6:00 pm at
    Pleasentview Family Church
    2601 Lacey Rd. Dowling, MI
    The artist are:
    Dave Dickerson,
    Denny Crum, 
    Millie Masters (Overholt)
    hope every one can make it.

    The church is locsted between Norht Ave. and M 37.

  • Thanks everyone

    Posted by Jimmy C

    Sorry I didn't post anything last night, but yesterday was such an amazing day I was exhausted by the time we got home. Wow, all I can say is Praise the Lord and and I am so truly Blessed by all of the great folks that came out to our fundraiser at the fairgrounds. It was an enormous blessing and a wonderful time. We raised almost $7,000.00 to help with out of pocket costs after my transplant. I h

    ave so many folks to thank for all of their hard work setting it up and making it happen, as well as preparing the great food and performing the great music, I'm not sure where to start. I going to try to get a list of everyone and post it here, but I know I'll probably miss some. But i'll try very hard to get everyone in. Thanks to all the wonderful folks who came and donated to our cause. We're off to Ann Arbor this morning for some more tests and to see my wonderful Doctor.
    Thanks everyone, and God Bless you all.
  • update songs for life concert

    Posted by Jimmy C

    More great news about our hog roast and concert.

    Thanks to Pastor Lucretia Snyder and her husband we have tickets to see this guy at the St. Joe Fair on Sept. 22nd.

    Alan Jackson

    And Thanks to our friend Brian Counts, you could take flight in this Great Balloon

    Michigan Balloon

    Both will be up for auction

    Hope to see everyone there. September 16th 1:00-???

    At the Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Marshall, MI

  • update songs for life concert

    Posted by Jimmy C

    Here's the latest information on our hogroast. hope to see everybody there. 

    Special THANKS to Bud Moe for all of his hard work!

    Songs for Life Concert and Hog Roast

                    Benefit for Jimmy C’s double lung transplant fund

    to help with out-of-pocket expenses.

    Sunday, September, 16th 2012  1:00pm-???.

    Calhoun County Fair Grounds 720 Fair St. Marshall, MI 49068

    Alan Jackson tickets and 50/50 raffles

    Country and Gospel Music from:

    Roy Cole and the Country Rock Band

    Pure Country / Larry Prince and Friends / Harold Prater

    Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame Member - Donna Green

    Dr. Buddy Houghtaling and Friends / Dr. Dan Grentz.

    Bring a dish to pass.

    Special Thanks to:

    Calhoun County Fair / Chemical Bank, Marshall

    Cornwell’s Turkeyville USA / Nagel’s Meat Processing, Homer MI 

    Steve Miller-Sound Equipment / Brad’s Concessions

    Ken@Hilda’s Place / Lee Justice Concessions

    Pastor Lucretia Snyder / Barton Farms, Homer MI

    National Foundation for Transplants / WIN 98.5

           Tax- Deductible Donations may be made at

    Chemical Bank Marshall c/o Velvet, or

    National Foundation for Transplants,

    Michigan Transplant Fund in Honor of Jimmy Collins,

    5350 Poplar Ave, Suite 430

    Memphis, TN 38119 or on line at  www.transplants.org

    For more information contact Bud Moe 269-781-5275

  • Songs for Life Concert and Hog Roast for Jimmy C.

    Posted by Jimmy C

    Songs for Life Concert and Hog Roast

               Benefit for Jimmy C’s double lung transplant fund

      to help with out-of-pocket expenses.

    Sunday, September, 16th 2012  1:00pm-???.

    Calhoun County Fair Grounds 720 Fair St. Marshall, MI 49068

    50/50 raffle and Country and Gospel Music from:

    Roy Cole and the Country Rock Band

    Pure Country / Larry Prince and Friends / Harold Prater

    Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame Member - Donna Green

    Dr. Buddy Houghtaling and Friends / Dr. Dan Grentz.

    Bring a dish to pass.

    Special Thanks to:

    Calhoun County Fair / Chemical Bank, Marshall

    Cornwell’s Turkeyville USA / Nagel’s Meat Processing, Homer MI 

    Steve Miller-Sound Equipment / Brass Concessions

    Ken@Hilda’s Place / Lee Justice Concessions

    National Foundation for Transplants / WIN 98.5 Your Country

                                            Tax- Deductible Donations may be made at

    Chemical Bank Marshall c/o Velvet, or

    National Foundation for Transplants,

    Michigan Transplant Fund in Honor of Jimmy Collins,

    5350 Poplar Ave, Suite 430

    Memphis, TN 38119 or on line at  www.transplants.org

    For more information contact Bud Moe 269-781-5275

  • ‘Grab-n-Go’ hot dog lunch to benefit the local Alzheimer’s Walk.

    Posted by Jimmy C

    On Thursday, August 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the staff and volunteers at The Heritage Assisted Living, The Reflections Memory Care, and Lakeview Senior Living communities are hosting a benefit 50s style drive-thru ‘Grab-n-Go’ hot dog lunch to benefit the local Alzheimer’s Walk. The lunch benefit will take place at the new Lakeview Senior Living community at 14661 Helmer Road South, Battle Creek, 

    Michigan – just north of the First Wes Church. Carhops will serve hot dog sack lunches to folks as they drive thru the entryway of the building. Suggested donations are just $5, with all proceeds going to the Calhoun County Alzheimer’s Walk in September. Music will be provided by Deb Greer-Ploehn and Kurt Ploehn. Weather-permitting, classic cars from local clubs will be on display. And even Marilyn Monroe is rumored to be making an appearance – along with a large dancing hot dog! Please plan to attend, enjoy the music and cars – and buy a lunch that could help ‘buy’ some time, and hope for local families struggling to live with this debilitating disease. 

    Alzheimer’s disease by the numbers:
    • 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, and the ‘circle of impact’ – family and friends that are struggling to care for someone with Alzheimer’s is estimated to exceed 50 million people. The numbers are growing daily.
    • Alzheimer’s is now considered an epidemic. One in eight older Americans are known to have Alzheimer's disease. Even more are undiagnosed.
    • Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. 
    • More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer's and other dementias. 
    • 
    Every year the participants in the Calhoun County Walk for Alzheimer’s raises needed funds to help local families find the needed resources to help cope with living with this disease. Please join your friends and family in this important fight by supporting local fund raising efforts. 

    For more information on this event, contact Heather at 269-969-4000.
  • Transplant games

    Posted by Jimmy C

    I know it's been awhile since my last post, so I wanted to fill you in as we wait for "the call" for my lung transplant. Spent a couple of days at The U of M for a flare up. As usual they took great care of me and I'm doing beter now.

    I wanted to tell you about the upcoming Transplant Games in Grand Rapids. I won't be able to go but maybe some of our friends could go and let me know how it went.

    Here's a link to show how they are promoting organ donation. I recenty became a donor myself and want to encourage everyone to consider donating.

     http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/health/Transplant-Games-promote-organ-donation?ref=scroller&categoryId=10001&status=true

  • Offically on the Transplant List

    Posted by Jimmy C

    Praise the Lord, the University of Michigan called today and all of my tests are back and looking good and the insurance company has given us the ok, so now I am officially on the transplant list for a double lung transplant. Thanks everyone for all of your prayers and support. And I know the Lord will bring us through this and I am very Thankful for my second chance at life. God bless you all.

  • Being placed on the transplant list

    Posted by Jimmy C

    Today I talked with Jenny at the University of Michigan Transplant Center and pending insurance company approval, (which should be coming in a few days) I will be placed on the list for a double lung transplant. Thank the lord. Now the waiting and jumping every time the phone rings begins.

    So I thought I would repost some links to help raise awareness for the need for organ donations of every kind and how you can help. Here are some links to some very good organizations that help patients like me.

    http://www.wolverinesforlife.org/ , http://www.giftoflifemichigan.org/ ,http://marrow.org,

    http://www.redcrossblood.org/ U. S. Department of Health and Human services.

    And all transplant patients will need help with transplant costs not covered by insurance. Thankfully there are organizations that can help with that as well. This is a link to the Foundation that I'll be working with:

    National Foundation for Transplants

    and my personal page for donations on my behalf

    http://patients.transplants.org/faf/donorReg.

    Please check back often for more updates and ways you can help me and patients like me.

    Here are my e-mail addresses if you need more information or would like to volunteer with my fundraising. hymn.time@mwcradio.com and hymntime@yahoo.com. and a link to my facebook pages as well:

    www.facebook.com/hymntime and

    www.facebook.com/Hymntimecountrystyle

    Thanks and God bless.