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A recent college graduate featured in national publications and television programs will be in Elizabethtown next week.
Elizabethtown Christian Academy will be hosting Patrick Henry Hughes, a former University of Louisville band member who performed in a wheelchair, for its annual fundraiser. Hughes and his father will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the main auditorium of the school, said Bobby Thompson, business director of the school.
Thompson said Hughes’ story speaks to obstacles that everyone faces and how they can be overcome.
“His story is one that’s obviously inspirational,” he said.
Hughes was born without eyes and is unable to fully straighten his arms and legs, making him unable to walk. But his musical talent led him to become a member of the Cardinal Marching Band and his father pushes his wheelchair through formations. He graduated in December and his book “I Am Potential” is available.
This is the fourth year the school has had a fundraiser, raising $38,000 last year. This year’s goal is $50,000, Thompson said. The event is free and donations will be requested during the program.
Those planning to attend should call the school at 234-8174 to register for the event, he said.
Thompson said coordinating Hughes’ visit took only an e-mail requesting him to speak, and he had a reply in half an hour. The Hugheses also waived their appearance fee for the fundraiser.
Thompson said people can be overwhelmed by the problems they face and it can be good to hear from someone who’s accomplished a lot in the face of obstacles.
“It’s just a story that the community will love to hear,” he said.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.