Someone to look up to

Although there are countless stories about Pat that I can recall, there is one that stands out the most. As most of us may know, on the night of homecoming 2010 Pat awoke with a terrible headache and was rushed to the hospital. At that time, the doctors had found a large aneurysm on Patrick’s brainstem and scheduled him for life-threatening surgery. On the day before surgery I visited Pat in the hospital. I remember it being very unnerving walking past all the rooms filled with sick men and women, but that all changed once I got to Pat’s room. There he was, not an ounce of fear inside him playing “Lil Wayne” on his iPod and asking who had “hooked up” on homecoming the night prior. To say I was surprised would be a blatant lie because that’s the way Pat was and still is. He was less than 24 hours away from the most terrifying thing any of us could fathom and he was cracking jokes and reciting verses to his favorite songs.

Four years has passed and I still consider Pat to be the most fearless and courageous person I know. Every single time I have been to his house, Pat still finds a way to make me laugh. There have been times when I have brought people to visit Pat who were a little nervous at first but then you get into his room and he spells out “Luke that shirt makes you look fat” then there is that immediate feeling of welcoming. I can only hope to one day have the strength and fortitude that Pat has. He is a constant reminder to all of us to be a better person each and every day. I truly mean it when I call you my 3rd brother; I know you will continue to fight day every single day. Love you bro!

- Luke Dezell, Patrick’s friend