Patrick Henry Hughes and Patrick John Hughes

Patrick Henry Hughes and his father share an incredible story of tragedy to triumph and have been featured on ESPN, Oprah, The Ellen Show, Extreme Make Over Home Edition, The Today Show, all the major news networks, Million Dollar Round Table, The Grand Ole Opry, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and many, many others.


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Entertainment, Healthcare, Inspirational, Motivation


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Patrick Henry Hughes and his father share an incredible story of tragedy to triumph and have been featured on ESPN, Oprah, The Ellen Show, Extreme Make Over Home Edition, The Today Show, all the major news networks, Million Dollar Round Table, The Grand Ole Opry, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and many, many others. Patrick Henry 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.

In the face of incredible odds from birth, Patrick has overcome these physical issues to excel as a musician, student, performer and public speaker. Patrick started playing the piano at the age of only nine months and also plays the trumpet and sings. He even participated in the University of Louisville Marching Band for five seasons with help from his father, Patrick John Hughes, who tirelessly maneuvered Patrick’s wheelchair through the formations during practices and games with the other 220+ members of the Cardinal Marching Band. The elder Mr. Hughes spent his days attending classes on campus with his son while working the overnight shift five nights a week for a major package shipping company so that his son could achieve his greatest potential. Patrick Henry was usually a straight 'A' student, having received only 3 'B's' during his entire primary/secondary educational experience and graduated from the University of Louisville magna cum laude in 2010. Patrick was a Spanish language major and speaks Spanish fluently.

Patrick and his dad have made appearances all across the United States and have even shared their story in Asia, Canada, South America, Central America and Europe. Their first book, I AM POTENTIAL, is published and available around the country and the world in different languages. The book has also been turned into a feature length film called I Am Potential. Patrick Henry has recorded 2 CD's.

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