Theodore's World: Thank You Patrick Henry Hughes For Being A Light In This World

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January 15, 2010

Thank You Patrick Henry Hughes For Being A Light In This World

A member of the Louisville Cardinals marching band -- who is blind and in a wheelchair -- never fails to inspire when he takes the field with the help of his father.

Patrick Henry Hughes was born without eyes and can't straighten his arms or legs. And yet, he will play trumpet with the 220-member Cardinal marching band while his father pushes his wheelchair around the field, jogging, spinning and maneuvering the chair in tricky formations.

He has performed piano concerts at a congressional breakfast on Capitol Hill and at the Grand Ole Opry, and regularly mesmerizes passersby at shopping-mall shows. People learn quickly that think he'll play elementary piano, and then he wows them with Chopin, Mozart, Ray Charles and Duke Ellington.

Hughes was born with bilateral anophthalmia, the rarest and most severe form of eye deformity. He also has a birth defect that does not allow his elbows and knees to function properly. He had two titanium rods surgically attached to his spine in 1999 to correct scoliosis.

Wild Thing's comment.........

What a beautiful story and what an incredibly inspiring family!

God bless Patrick and his family.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at January 15, 2010 03:48 AM


This is a good young man with a good family. I remember Extreme Makeover built the family a more handicapped accessible house a few years back and the university named the practice field for him. It's people like him that we should all aspire to be more like instead of bashing one another for our opinions. This kid can't see or walk, but he does more without those abilities than anyone I've ever met.

Posted by: Lynn at January 15, 2010 08:30 AM

We had 5 kids all were quite healthy. I admire and am so impressed with that young man's father. These parents are very special people. God bless them. I'd bet if you asked the parents they already feel blessed.

I don't believe I could have done that, my wife could. That type of father goes above and beyond. He is one special person. And so is his son.

That's why I am convinced more than ever that God personally picks the parents of these special children.

Posted by: Mark at January 15, 2010 11:15 AM

The father is amazing. They could have decided to park the child in a nursing home or put him up for adoption. Instead the dad and mom decided to sacrifice and take on whatever the challenges would be. God Bless this family.

Posted by: TomR at January 15, 2010 12:18 PM

You are all so wonderful, I am blessed to
know each one of you.

I agree, it is like God knows He has chosen the
parents for each of his special children.

The family is so important and Patrick has
an awesome Dad and mom.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 16, 2010 01:43 AM