The Hughes family was elated to welcome a boy. They named him Patrick. Patrick’s dad had dreams of taking his son fishing, of playing catch in the yard and doing those father-son things that bond men and boys. Unfortunately, Patrick was born without eyes. The ligaments that were supposed to stretch and support his limbs couldn’t extend to allow them to straighten. So playing catch and doing other sporting activities were out of the question.
He was outfitted with artificial eyes and given a wheelchair. But something miraculous occurred when his mother sat Patrick down at the family’s piano.
Mom would press a key; and after a few tries, Patrick located this same note. The toddler next astounded his family by playing songs after hearing them only once. The tot took requests like “You Are My Sunshine” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”
Patrick’s Dad said, “I was ecstatic. We weren’t going to play baseball, but we’re going to play music together.”
The musical prodigy played at public events and school. Everything changed when Patrick applied to the University of Louisville. An instructor in the music department suggested he join the marching band. The Hughes family got a good laugh from that idea.
Patrick never sees his disabilities as barriers. He and his father didn’t know how he could manage to play in the band.
The talented pianist and trumpet player and the proud father put their heads together to find a solution to allow the young man to join the band. Their answer will warm your heart. Patrick’s father is such a selfless man. He made so many sacrifices to allow his son to live his dreams.
Patrick’s outlook on life is beautiful: “God made me blind and unable to walk. Big deal. He gave me the musical gifts I have and the great opportunity to meet new people.”
Watch their story unfold in the video.