Everyday Hero – The Sound Of Opportunity

8 07 2009

Summary: Patrick Henry Hughes is a remarkable young man who was born without eyes and without the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, making him unable to walk.  Additionally, two steel rods were surgically attached to Patrick’s spine to correct scoliosis.

Despite circumstances that seem overwhelming to you and me, Patrick has overcome these physical issues to excel as a musician and student.  Patrick started playing the piano at the age of only nine months, and also plays the trumpet and sings.  He even participates in the University of Louisville School of Music Marching and Pep Bands with help from his father (Patrick John Hughes), who tirelessly maneuvers his wheel chair through the formations with the other 220+ members of the Cardinal marching Band.  Patrick is usually a straight ‘A” student, having received only 6 ‘B’s’ during his entire educational experience – up to and including his junior year of college (3.9 GPA).

A virtuoso pianist, vocalist, and trumpet player, Patrick has won or finished very high in numerous competitions, as well as winning awards acknowledging the circumstances he has overcome to achieve these heights.  He has been featured on ESPN, ABC-TV, Oprah, CBS-TV, The Ellen Show, Extreme Make Over Home Edition, FOX-TV, CSTV, NBC-TV, Sports Illustrated, and more.  His first book, I AM POTENTIAL, is published and available around the world.  Patrick has made appearances from California to Chicago to New York and Miami and countless points in between, even performing in Canada, South America, and Europe.

My turn: I loved hearing this story and was truly inspired  by Patrick and his gift.  Not only does he have incredible abilities, but he is determined not to let his situation set him back.  I also give a lot of credit to his father who works extremely hard to provide Patrick with the eyes and legs he needs to participate in the marching band.  This is not only a story about Patrick but about a father’s love for his son.

Your turn: What inspires you the most about this story?  Do you think that you would have the determination to proceed towards your dream even if you were wheelchair bound and did not have the ability to see or would you give up?

Want to learn more about Patrick?  Visit his website: http://www.patrickhenryhughes.com/ or buy his book: http://www.iampotentialbook.com/

straighten his arms and legs, making him unable to walk.  Additionally, two steel rods were
surgically attached to Patrick’s spine to correct scoliosis.
Despite circumstances that seem overwhelming to you and me, Patrick has overcome these
physical issues to excel as a musician and student. Patrick started playing the piano at the age of
only nine months, and also plays the trumpet and sings. He even participates in the University of
Louisville School of Music Marching and Pep Bands with help from his father (Patrick John Hughes),
who tirelessly maneuvers his wheel chair through the formations with the other 220+ members of the
Cardinal Marching Band. Patrick is usually a straight ‘A’ student, having received only 6 ‘B’s’ during
his entire educational experience – up to and including his junior year of college (3.9 gpa).
A virtuoso pianist, vocalist and trumpet player, Patrick has won or finished very high in
numerous competitions, as well as winning awards acknowledging the circumstances he has
overcome to achieve these heights.  He has been featured on ESPN, ABC-TV, Oprah, CBS-TV, The
Ellen Show, Extreme Make Over Home Edition, FOX-TV, CSTV, NBC-TV, Million Dollar Round Table,
The Grand Ole Opry, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Star Magazine, and many, many others.
His first book, I AM POTENTIAL, is published and available around the country/world.
Patrick has made appearances from California to Chicago to New York and Miami and
countless points in between, even performing in Canada, South America and Europ
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2 responses

8 07 2009
Matthew Gartland

Yet another powerful story. Thanks for sharing David! I honestly don’t think I’d have the courage, will or persistence to overcome what Patrick has. What’s most remarkable to me is his positivity and perspective that his disabilities aren’t disabilities. Truly remarkable!

Matt

8 07 2009
David Yingling

I agree Matt. I love how he focuses on his abilities and not his disabilities!

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