Blessed By Patrick Henry Hughes Today

April 18, 2008 at 5:48 pm 6 comments

Patrick Henry Hughes singing “I Believe” on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

When I saw this part of the show in the clip above, with Patrick singing this song, “Written in Red” to the crew of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, I was moved to tears as well.  After hearing of all the obstacles this family has overcome, the support they show for one another, I understood the “extreme” emotion showed by those on the set as HE sang to them.  As you may know, in so many episodes, a star is brought in to wow the recipient of the makeover, yet in this show, Patrick Henry is the one doing the blessing. Phenomenal.

I cannot comprehend the fortitude this father has had in giving life to his son. He works the graveyard shift at UPS, getting home at 6AM. He sleeps to 11AM, then drives Patrick to college and wheels him to all his classes.

They showed the children the device by which Patrick he takes notes and listens back, a braille sort of contraption he types with, then a mechanical sounding recording he listens to.  I cannot imagine having to listen to my notes in that voice.  Yet, Patrick does.  Those are his “written” class notes.  And the grace he has for all around him…unbelievable.

Patrick inspired the children today saying he has made all As and less then 10 Bs, having been mainstreamed in pubic school.  Not only that, he was placed in accelerated or advanced courses both in his own school and in international programs.  He works hard, and to his potential.  He says again and again, “I have no disabilities, only abilities.” 

His father shared that he had dreams before his firstborn son was born that he would be on ESPN as a star athlete one day, but after he was born with no eyeballs, and joint sockets that are fused together, not allowed them to bend, and preventing full growth, parental dreams were shattered.

He then showed this clip, taken by ESPN, featuring he and his son: 

I’d never seen it and could not believe I was watching a 3 yr. old playing the piano!  But, I was.

For every time applause that came today, even standing applause a few times, Patrick took his hand and motioned people to sit down and be stilled. His father interrupted applause several times also in exchange for time to talk to the children, encouraging big dreams AND hard work.  

Patrick Henry in college had initially wanted to play PepBand in order to be able to be at the WildCat (Oops!  Did I say that?) Cardinals games with Rick Patino, however band rules stated participants must march to be in pep band. A seeming impossible task, father helped son reach a goal.  That “impossibility” has afforded huge opportunities for him to be on several talk shows, spotlighted across the country. He doesn’t even have time for pep band now, his initial goal.  He focuses on the thing that seemed impossible.  They left us with the challege that sometimes the “impossible” opportunity is that one that opens up opportunies.  Go for the opportunities in front of you, you never know what could happen!

Patrick John being endowed our honorary character counts student of the month award. 

Such grace receiving the ESPN award.  The same “I think God, my mom, and my family” speech, but just listen to how captivating it was for all:

Here, playing piano to his Dad’s violin melody at under a year old (you can tell I’ve enjoyed the youTube library on this one): 

If you missed their visit today, hopefully this will help you enjoy.  I could watch the videos over and over again.




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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Stacey  |  April 18, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Isn’t he just awesome and very inspiring!?!

    I didn’t see you today. We were close to the door. I have lots of pics from the opposite direction of you. 🙂

    Oh, and the second song he played just blew me away. I had hoped he would play Claire De Lune since he plays it on the ESPN clip, but I enjoyed the other just as much. 🙂

  • 2. velma96  |  April 18, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Amazing story! Thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

  • 3. mom  |  April 19, 2008 at 12:11 am

    You are right, he is a true testiment to everyone who hears him. Amazing indeed!!! Mom

  • 4. Cousin Misty  |  April 19, 2008 at 8:22 am

    He is a precious, precious person. Our girls perform on the WHAS Crusade for Children each year and he is always there, too. He’s always ready to pose for pictures with lots of silly little girls, and he is super friendly to everyone he meets. Everyone in Louisville just loves him. The Extreme Makeover people even had to turn away volunteers who wanted to help work on his home. They said that they had never had such an outpuring of support for a family. The house is just beautiful, and they are so deserving of it!

  • 5. Rindy  |  April 19, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Awesome! thanks for sharing this!

  • 6. Bonnie Sheets  |  July 13, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Hi my name is Bonnie Sheets and i am from New Columbia Pa.Just wanted to say i watched Extreme Makeover from day one .My husband Tom & I watched the night they built the home for the Hughes family.Wow what a talented young man .Patrick Henry Hughes should be an inspiration to us all.We all at one time or another take things for granted.or never stop to realize just what we really do have .Life is what you make it and this young man could teach us all a lession on how to live.Ty Pennigton what a caring and wonderful man you are as well as the rest of the crew who do such a great job at making people’s lives happier and better.To me this is what life is about.


    Bonnie S Sheets

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