Avera Medical Minute: Music to your ears; Holiday Jam helps benefit Dougherty Hospice House

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - This year marks 10 years of the Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers and the third year that they've performed to benefit the Avera Dougherty Hospice House.

All money raised will go towards music therapy and swan songs for patients.

For Jeremy and Jon Hegg, their bond with Avera is strong.

"Everybody has their own story about that you know with their dad or their mom or with another loved one," Jon Hegg, musician, said.

And for the brothers performing at the Dougherty Hospice House really hits home, their father Dennis passed away there a little more than six years ago.

"The Dougherty Hospice is important to us because our father spent his last days here in this facility," Jon Hegg said. "And we had a very good experience. As difficult a time as that can be it was a very good experience. And we're happy to support the good work that they are doing."

Now as the years have gone by, the brothers decided to benefit the place that supported them through a difficult time. To help provide music therapy and swan songs for patients at the hospice house.

"Music is the present and hopefully it's something that a good one," Jeremy Hegg, musician, said.

"A swan song is an opportunity for a patient to really experience their favorite music," Helen Block, Avera Dougherty House Volunteer Coordinator, said. "We find a local musician or musicians to play their favorite genre, and they have their own personal concert. And that can be with whoever they want, their family friends and it can be where ever they want."

Using the power of music to help both families and patients. Block says music has a way of touching a person where words don't go.

"You can just see it on their face even the whole family, you know, quite often in tears brings back memories," she said.

Memories that can be found as soon as notes leave the page, music that provides meaningful care for patients on their journey home.

"The music just means so much to the patients," Block said. "This is such an honor to be a part of this to see how it affects families and what it means to them. It's just an amazing program.

This year the Holiday Jam's theme is "Holidays." They will be performing their most popular songs from the past ten years. There are still tickets available for those wanting to go to the concert. It starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15th at the Washington Pavillion.

You can find the link to buy tickets here. here.

For more information, you can visit avera.org.