By now many of you have learned that "Hobo" Jim Varsos has been diagnosed with end stage cancer and that he has been told he has 3-6 months to live.
What can you say about this man that has not already been said? He has touched our lives in so many different ways. We all have Hobo Jim stories. I’m sure many involve listening to his music with family and friends in town, at the fair or another venue. His songs tell Alaska’s stories and all of ours, too.
Everybody knows the Iditarod Trail Song and can sing along with Fishin’ for Chickens, but not everyone knows about Jim’s great generosity with his time and his music. Whether he’s entertaining the young people of Alaska, senior citizens, troops overseas or our veterans here at home, Jim gives freely to so many and he gives his all to every performance.
Now is the time we can give something back to Jim for his family. Jim does not want charity, quite the opposite - he has always been the one doing the giving. That said, we know what a void losing him will leave for his wife Cyndi, the love of Jim’s life. We have seen the outpouring of comments and support for Jim after he shared this terrible news on Facebook. Reach in your pockets and give something back to this Alaska legend.