February 17, 2008 01:01 AM by Joe Reality
On this week’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Ty Pennington and his team journey to Louisville, Kentucky to renovate the home of the Hughes Family. Nineteen year old Patrick Henry Hughes, who is the eldest son of Patricia and Patrick John Hughes, is blind and disabled.
Patrick Henry was born blind, and he also doesn’t have the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, which leaves him unable to walk. Despite these difficulties, Patrick Henry has maintained a positive attitude and shown enormous strength and skill. Patrick Henry has played the piano since he was nine months old, and he is also a talented trumpet player and singer.
Patrick Henry is a member of the University of Louisville School of Music Marching and Pep Band. Patrick Henry’s father helps him to maneuver his wheelchair through the formations with the other band members. Patrick Henry has appeared on ESPN, “Good Morning America,” “World News with Charles Gibson” and in Sports Illustrated. He also won the 2006 Disney Wide World of Sports Spirit Award.
The current Hughes’ family home is not very safe or accessible for Patrick Henry. Patrick Henry’s wheelchair has done extensive damage to the walls, and the home is in desperate need of repair. Because Patrick John stays at home to help with his son’s special needs, the Hughes family doesn’t have the funds for house repairs.
Ty Pennington, the designers, local builder Elite Homes and the hundreds of volunteers and workers will rebuild the Hughes’ family home to make it safer for Patrick Henry. The design team includes designers Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney, Eduardo Xol, Ed Sanders and Didiayer. The Hughes family will enjoy a trip to London courtesy of Disney Vacation Club, while their home is being rebuilt.
Extreme Makeover Home Edition airs on Sunday, February 17, 2008 from 8 PM to 10 PM ET on ABC.
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