What a terrific young man, and so glad he is going to BYU. Now I hope the
coaches there understand the commitment they have to make the program excel so
that fine young men like this don't feel like they are giving up something
by committing to them.
Patrick is a truly amazing young man that inspires many and will continue to
lead and inspire throughout his life. Wonderful article that puts everything
this young man aspires into perfect perspective. East High Team Family!
Keep up the good works Patrick. 'Ofa atu.
That was truly inspirational! What a fantastic young man. He will go far in
We've known Pat since he was a toddler.....he is indeed everything that the
article has written. He is the most "humble, well mannered, respectful and
enjoyable" young man to have around. We are grateful that he is a part of
our son's life and are forever grateful to his grandparents, his aunts,
uncles, and especially his mom for raising such an amazing young man. Pat will
go far because of his determination, faith, family, energy and just the way he
conducts himself. Thank you for the inspiring article that will motivate our
youths to always do what is right no matter what.
Amazing strength, continue the work young man. Thank you Amy for
another great article. Instead of trying to make shocking statements to create
a situation, you actually find great stories to report on. Media needs more
reporters like you.
Proud to say I have observed Pat for the past couple years while having my
little brother as one of his friends and football teammates. I just want to say
that Amy this article is a masterpiece because it is full of Truth. Everything
said in this article couldn't have been said better about this Great Young
Man. He has an outstanding presence. Full of Faith. Always smiling and full of
Gratitude. When I congratulated him on his scholarship offer to BYU, he replied
with a brilliant smile "Thanks (my name), I know I can't believe it.
I'm so grateful but I'm trying not to think about it too much. I just
want to help my team win this week." Always thinking about others before
himself! He's a great example to the the whole East High Community and to
everyone who's surrounded by him. P.S. after knowing him for so long, I
never knew of his hard journey growing up. Thanks Amy.
Amy - thank you, thank you! I can't wait to have my high school sophomore
read this after football practice today. Our high school athletes need more role
models like Patrick. His story brought a few tears because I can also learn from
his example.....many things, including forgiveness.
What an amazing story and even more amazing young man. With his attitude there
is nothing he can't accomplish in life. Everyone should be so lucky to
know a guy like this. His mother IS proud of him!
Amy, great story! It's wonderful to hear this instead of all the negatives
that are usually reported about sports. Patrick is an amazing young man. I wish
the best for him.
Every adult reading this should recognize his or her responsibility to be a
positive influence and force in the lives of other, especially those in their
formative years. It is possible that he would have overcome everything had he
not been rescued by his family, but we don't know for sure. But the
influence of his uncles and aunts has allowed him to become the great young man
he is today.
Great article by Amy Donaldson. It's good to see the young man really
Awesome East just became my favorite team in 4A
Great, uplifting story. He will be a beloved and successful missionary. I was
raised by my mother's family and can feel his love for his uncles and
grandparents. Without them our lives would have been dark.
He's what kids should be.He went through what kids shouldn't.Keep it up son.
Wow! What an amazing young man. There's no doubt he will make an
Ms. Donaldson--thank you so much for this beautiful story. There is such a need
for positive stories about our youth. This story is a great combination of
balance that this young man has in his life. More emphasis needs to be placed on
those that obtain attention by acting well rather than acting badly. His resolve
and faith will serve him and all that are around him for the rest of his life.
Bless his heart....