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Monday, June 01, 2009

Inspirational Book from Patrick Henry Hughes

Patrick Henry Hughes was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder: arms that could not straighten, legs that would never be able to walk, and most devastating of all, permanent blindness. He had been born with no eyes.

Why my son, Lord? his father, Patrick John, asked. Yet his parents wouldn’t give up on their hopes for their child, determined that he grow up to be all that he could.

Then one day, the extraordinary happened. Nine-month-old Patrick Henry began to play the piano. Soon, his exceptional musical talent emerged. And in those moments, Patrick John realized why Patrick Henry had been chosen as his son.

With unwavering optimism, humor, and courage, Patrick Henry has made “I am potential” his mantra throughout his life and defied his disabilities at every turn.

In I Am Potential, Patrick Henry and his father share their incredible journey. Simply and candidly written, this book is not only the story of Patrick Henry’s remarkable life, but of the bond between father and son. It is also a guide for those who seek to live their own life more meaningfully each day, demonstrating how with faith, perseverance, and unconditional love, almost anything is possible to achieve.

PATRICK HENRY HUGHES, a twenty-year-old musician and student at the University of Louisville, won Disney’s Wide World of Sports Spirit Award 2006. A nationally known pianist, singer, and trumpeter, he has performed at venues as diverse as the Kennedy Center, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Orange Bowl. He and his father, PATRICK JOHN HUGHES, are a two-person member of the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band. They have appeared on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Oprah, Ellen, ESPN, and other media. They live with their family in Louisville, Kentucky.

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NOTE: This book is also available on BookShare.

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