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Blind author moves BLMS students with motivational speech, music


ABOVE: Patrick Henry Hughes, right, demonstrates during his presentation Wednesday at Benjamin Logan High School, the Braille laptop that he used to complete his school assignments. With him is his father, Patrick John Hughes. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Author, musician and motivational speaker Patrick Henry Hughes plays and sings an Elvis Presley song for Benjamin Logan Middle School students Wednesday afternoon in the Benjamin Logan High School auditorium. The 26-year-old was born without eyes and also without the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

Benjamin Logan Middle School students were moved to their feet Wednesday afternoon to give a standing ovation for a musical performance by a visiting guest, who sang and performed flashy moves on the piano even though he was born without eyes.

Louisville, Ky., resident Patrick Henry Hughes, who also is an author of the book, I Am Potential, provided students with a glimpse into his extraordinary life and also dazzled them with several musical numbers by Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Brooks & Dunn, and Mozart.

Fellow presenter Patrick John Hughes, Patrick Henry’s father, said his son was born March 10, 1988. In addition to being blind, Patrick Henry also was born without the ability to straighten his arms and legs.

Patrick John Hughes said after learning about the severity of his son’s diagnosis, he realigned some of his dreams and expectations for his child. However, one of his hopes for his son did come true, but just in a different way.

“I always dreamed that my child would grow up to play on the college football field, and maybe even be featured on ESPN,” he said during the session at the Benjamin Logan High School auditorium.



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