Patrick Hughes’ parents were thrilled to welcome a baby boy into their family. Dad had always dreamed of playing catch in the rad with his son, going fishing and going on so many father-son adventures.
Unfortunately, the father’s dreams quickly vanished, Patrick was born without eyes and with limbs that could not straighten. Little Patrick was eventually outfitted with artificial eyes and used a wheelchair, but, as early as his toddler years, Patrick showed his family — and the world — that he was not going to let his disability slow him down.
One day, his mom pressed a key on the piano and discovered that Patrick would find the same key after one or two tries. At only two years old, Patrick showed amazing promise on the piano. He learned songs by feel and memory,
He would play songs like “You Are My Sunshine” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Dad declared that “I was ecstatic. We weren’t going to play baseball, but we’re going to play music together.”
By the time he was in elementary school, Patrick was already playing the piano publicly. When he went to college at the University of Louisville, a teacher in the music program suggested he join the marching band. At first, Patrick and his family had no idea how that would work, but with the help of dedicated and loving father, he soon found himself on the field with the rest of the Louisville musicians.
Patrick has become a talented pianist and trumpet player, His father’s sacrifices and devotion helped him to build his own music career. Together, they reached a heartwarming solution that would permit the wheelchair-bound Patrick to participate.
Patrick’s vision of 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 below.