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Patrick’s new home

Be sure to tune in Sunday night at 8 for ABC’s ‘Extreme Makeover Home Edition.’ It will feature the Hughes family of Louisville.
I first became acquainted with Patrick Hughes several years ago when I was assigned to cover a United Way event at the old Keller Manufacturing plant in Corydon. Patrick was serving as a ‘poster child’ for the United Way campaign.
Born without eyes and unable to walk, Patrick has a gift for music and learned to play the piano and the trumpet. That day at the Keller plant, Patrick played an electronic keyboard and sang several songs. In between songs, he gave us an insight to his wonderful sense of humor.
Several years passed. Occasionally, I’d catch a glimpse of Patrick as people caught up with him during things like the annual WHAS Crusade for Children.
Then he gained even greater attention when he became a student at the University of Louisville. He is a member of the university’s marching band, and with the help of his dedicated father who pushes his wheelchair, Patrick is able to help make the proper formations on the football field rather than just sit and play on the sidelines.
The Hughes family learned last fall that they had been chosen by the popular TV show to receive a new home, one that would be easier for Patrick to maneuver through. Ty Pennington and his crew arrived on Nov. 7, then sent the Hugheses away so they could demolish their house in order to build the family a new one.
If you read The Courier-Journal or watched any of the local news channels last November, you more than likely got a glimpse of the amazing story. Now, on Sunday, we can see the rest of the story.
I’ll be watching, with my box of Kleenix nearby.

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