My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about Ira. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook. We love those notes in the guestbook especially!!

If you'd like to make a donation to help Ira and his family, there is now a Rabobank account in the name of "Joey Hughes for Ira Hughes Medical Expense Account"

We started this journey with a trip to the ER in Arroyo Grande on May 1, after a few weeks of seemingly flu-like symptoms. After a CT scan and MRI revealed a brain tumor, Ira was transported by ambulance to Sierra Vista ICU. On May 3, surgery removed as much of the tumor as was possible and a biopsy showed that it was malignant. During the next 2 weeks, it was necessary to surgically insert a drain into his skull twice to relieve pressure from fluid build-up, so he remained in ICU. On May 18, a permanent shunt was put in for the same purpose and he finally began to steadily improve without backsliding. Due to the tumor and location, Ira did lose strength in his left side, so it was recommended that he go to an acute rehab facility in Santa Barbara. On May 24, he finally left the ICU and we embarked on the next phase - Cottage Rehab Hospital. After 1 week in rehab, Ira unfortunately ended up in Cottage Hospital with blood clots and then had a second shunt installed. After 3 weeks, he was able to go back to rehab and come home 5 weeks later! This crazy roller coaster landed him back in the hospital a week later on August 1 for a shunt revision, then back in rehab (in Arroyo Grande this time) the next Saturday, August 6. He continues to amaze all of us with his resilience!

Ira came home from Rehab on August 23, but ended up back in the hospital on August 28 with pneumonia. He came home again on September 2 and has now tripled his at home record by being here for 3 weeks in a row!
How to reach Ira
Cards, letters and visits are always welcome! The mailing and visiting address now that he's home is:
Ira Hughes
203 Canyon Way
Arroyo Grande, CA  93420
Phone calls are welcome between the hours of 9 AM and 7 PM any day. Call (805) 489-9510.


Tasha Hughes posted a new journal entry, "Breathing Easy Now".

As many of you have may have noticed from others' entries on here Ira  passed away on Dec 15, 2011 peacefully at home with family by his side. While we are all saddened ... Read more

Donna Peterson signed Ira's Guestbook.

Due to the fact that I have been living out of the area, I just found out about Ira's condition and passing....I am so saddened that he is gone but am relieved he was at ... Read more

paTricia vibbard signed Ira's Guestbook.

I  remember being a kid and going to the bike shop alot .... he was a very sweet man ! Read more

joel wilson signed Ira's Guestbook.

   From Joel "THOR" Wilson   Only Ira and a few others ever called me THOR but i loved when he did. I met Ira on a long ride with another fallen hero Wayne ... Read more

Kari Graton signed Ira's Guestbook.

Joey,   I was completely blindsided when I got the news of Ira's illness and his passing. My thoughts are with you and your family.   Although I haven’t seen ... Read more

Suzi Hughes-Schiffer signed Ira's Guestbook.

Joey, Nolan and Tasha, I was so sad to hear about Ira.  He as you know was my favorite cousin.  My fondest childhood memories are all the summers I spent there with ... Read more

Cris Mitchell signed Ira's Guestbook.

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ira on the news last night. I was a frequent customer of the bike shop over the past 10 years of living on the central ... Read more

maureen gutierrez signed Ira's Guestbook.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you,Joey,Noaln and Tasha. We can't believe we won't be seeing Ira running across Branch Street or driving home with a load of ... Read more

Jim Vargo signed Ira's Guestbook.

Our family is very saddened by the passing of Ira. He was a wonderful person with a lot of passion for this community. He will be missed for all the community support he ... Read more

Ken Lundgren signed Ira's Guestbook.

God Bless you all. Remember Ira as the great husband, father and man that he was. Sincerely, Ken Lundgren Read more

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