As much as she tried to protect him, Patti knew one day Clayton would need to know the truth. She put away photos and articles for him when he was ready. "We didn't bring up the subject too much with Clayton," she says. "We have tried to shield him from his past."

Patti says she worried Clayton would turn to drugs and alcohol. "This is where I give Clayton all the credit because he could have went to drugs. He could have went to alcohol. He could have really messed himself up," she says. "But he chose to gain strength from what he had gone through. And move on instead of digging himself a hole."

When asked to describe Clayton, Patti has one word: ”awesome.” "He's perfect in every way," she says. "Smart. Intelligent. He can do anything with his hands. He is just excellent."


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