Lance's Journal: Gary Hughes Inspires Others, Jan. 2, 2017

When doctors told Gary Hughes that he had Parkinson's Disease at the age of 45 it rocked him to the core. But Gary had a choice to make, he could curl up in a corner or he could face it head on.

Gary says, "It started with my right thumb, it had a little twinge to it and then I would try to kind of hide it by scratchin' my thumbnail type thing."

That was more than 15 years ago when Gary's life and his drawing hobby were beginning to be severely altered. Gary met with a doctor, "He said, 'I think it's Parkinson's Disease,' I go OK, now what? This is the hand that was dealt me, now what?"

Gary is the kind of guy that doesn't easily give up, "We don't just fold our tent and go home, we make the best of it. If something quits on you, find another way to do it."

Gary's mother Miriam has always been a fan of both her son's artwork and positive outlook on life, "Just because something happens to you that you can't control, don't give up, just keep trying and I think that's what Gary's done."