Remembering Brian Hughes – Innocence, Prison, Mental Illness, AIDS and Family

My parents Pat and Brigid Hughes sat down with me to discuss what it was like to raise a child with mental illness.  It has been 5 years since my brother Brian died and today (April 24th) would have been his 43rd birthday.  I felt compelled to share his story with you.

I think about my brother all the time.  He is with me everyday in my business life and my personal life.  I am forever grateful to my parents for making Brian part of our lives, and for their extraordinary generosity in sharing his story with people we have yet to meet.

Please watch this video to meet my brother Brian and our parents.

After I shot 40 minutes of video interviews with my parents, I struggled to tell this story.  I approached my cousin Terry Maday who is in the film business and asked for his help in telling a story that brings clarity to my brother’s life.   Terry and Oscar Ayala both did an amazing job and I will be forever grateful for their support.

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Meet The Lassmans – The impact of disability on the family

Please meet my friends, the Lassmans.  7 years ago, their daughter Penelope was born and there began a wild road of learning how to live with a child with disabilities and how it has impacted their whole family.  They also discuss how important community and friends have been in their experience.

Several years ago, (before I was thinking about blogging) I interviewed them because I was very moved by a story they told me and I put it on video because I thought Oprah Winfrey would have appreciated it…  I haven’t heard from her yet, so please watch it, it blew me away and I think it will you… (please excuse the bad hair in the intro)

My goal with sharing the Lassmans with you is to say that when the community engages and supports families like the Lassmans, our world is a better place.  Please talk with each other and take the time to

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