Don't tell Patrick Matthews he can't

SANDUSKY Patrick Matthews was born with no legs, yet he loves to play baseball, dodgeball and tennis
jasonsinger
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Patrick Matthews was born with no legs, yet he loves to play baseball, dodgeball and tennis.

He was born with no hands, yet he draws better than most art students.

Even if others define him by his disabilities, Matthews doesn't let his disabilities define him.

"I've had these since I was born," he said. "It's normal to me. I'm just being me."

But as much as Matthews' story is one of individual triumph, it's also a testament the power of father-son relationships.

Patrick's father, Michael Matthews, overcame his own disabilities. At the age of nine months, his hands were maimed in a house fire. Sometimes, it's difficult for him just to open a bottle or jar.

But together, they've learned to conquer life's cruel challenges.

"He's a Superman," Michael said of his son. "We're a super team."