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Jimmy Borges: Leaving a legacy

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

For 60 years, singer Jimmy Borges has delighted crowds with his version of big band music. The crooner has performed with many of the biggest names in music including Tony Bennett, Judy Garland and jazz great Wynton Marsalis. When you ask Borges about his life, he considers himself one of the most fortunate people on earth, even when he could be facing the end.

In 2011, Borges had liver cancer. He had surgery and was treated with chemotherapy. Last year, he says the cancer came back. This time, it's in his lungs and doctors tell him it is inoperable and may be terminal. Despite the diagnosis, we found Borges upbeat, happy with the 80 years he has been given.

In this three-part series, Borges talked about his health condition, his outlook on life and some of the favorite moments he's ever experienced.

You can also watch a PBS special about him on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.

He's also raising money for the scholarship fund in his name for music students. It's called "For the love of Jimmy Borges" and will be held at the Westin Moana Surfrider on Jan. 30, 2016. He hopes to sing that night. Willie K, Melveen Leed and Taimane will definitely perform. 

To purchase tables or individual tickets, please contact the Moana Surfrider Executive Office at (808) 923-2828 or at juria.kyoya@westin.com.

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