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“I Guess They Don’t Need a Harmonica Player in Heaven Yet”

The amazing story of Andy Mackie, a retired horse trainer who threw away his heart meds to buy musical instruments for children. Still going strong…

Link to CBS News Story

15 Heart Medications or Music – Which is More Powerful?

CBS News’ Assignment America did an amazing story Friday on Andy Mackie, a 70-year old man who believes in the power of music. After 9 heart surgeries, doctors had prescribed 15 medications. One day he tired of the medications and decided to buy 300 harmonicas and lessons for school children with the money he would have spent on medicine. He thought it was the last thing he’d ever do.

Eleven years and 13,000 harmonicas later, Andy is still going strong. “I guess they don’t need a harmonica player in heaven yet,” says Mackie, a retired horse trainer who lives a modest life in a trailer in upstate Washington.

To find out more about Andy’s work:
Visit the Andy Mackie Music Foundation Website