But Patrick never let these challenges hold him back and he kept his spirits high. As a teenager, he entered the U.S. Open of Surfing and was a featured athlete at the event. He was also a member of his high school surf team in San Diego, California. Videos of Patrick surfing are all over You Tube.
Patrick became an ambassador for Life Rolls On, a subsidiary of the Chris and Dianna Reeve Foundation. He was featured on the Today Show where he discussed his motivation for life and his inspirational outlook. "It is important to get back out there and live life to the fullest, with or without an injury," said Patrick.
In June 2012, Patrick fulfilled a promise when he walked across the stage to accept his diploma at Scripps High School. To an auditorium full of applause and cheers, Patrick struggled to take step after step across the stage. Watch the video above to see a true moment of inspiration.
Patrick routinely is requested as a motivational speaker and even gave a talk for TEDx Youth program in San Diego. (see video below). During the talk, he shared a favorite quote of his that inspires him every day to live life to the fullest: "Don't be afraid your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin."