GEAUGA COUNTY -- The past two weeks have not been easy for the Hughes family.
Bob Hughes first learned that his sister, Kathy Thatcher, was diagnosed with an aggressive pancreatic cancer.
"They didn't give her too long. Two to six months," Hughes recalls.
Then, when his brother Anthony Hughes, sister Patty Halishak, and sister Angela Hughes, decided to drive from Northeast Ohio to Tucson to visit Kathy, tragedy struck again.
On Saturday, the siblings were six hours outside of Tucson, in a town called Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
A tire blew and the van rolled. Patty and Angela were seriously injured. Anthony was ejected from the vehicle and died.
When Hughes called to check on his brother and sisters, he heard a hysterical Angela on the other end of the phone.
"My wife and I got in the car and went right to Anthony's wife and four kids. That Saturday night in their kitchen, I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy," Hughes said.
A 44-year-old father and husband, Anthony Hughes leaves behind his wife of 23 years, Vickie Hughes.
The couple also have four adopted children: 10-year-old twins Dakota and Getty, 7-year-old Lizzy and 4-year-old Matt.
Bob Hughes says his brother lived for his children, who were all born into broken homes.
"He did everything for them. He helped coach. Made sure they were happy at school. He went out of his way to make these kids feel accepted. It's just a testament to his love, and what kind of person he wanted to be for his kids," Hughes said.
Anthony Hughes was recently let go from his job as a sheet metal worker. His wife is in nursing school.
Bob says, just getting his brother's body back home was a financial struggle.
On top of that are funeral expenses, plus medical expenses for the two sisters still in Arizona.
While the women recover from their crash injuries, they're spending time with their terminally ill sister as she battles pancreatic cancer.
Bob says the only thing getting the Hughes through this time is the strength of the family.
"I'm not a wealthy man, but I'm a millionaire as far as families go. That's the thing that's kept us going through all this. The support we have from them," Hughes said.
A fund is set up to offset expenses and provide for Anthony Hughes' four children.
Donations can be made at any Charter One Bank, to the Robert Hughes of Painesville Family Fund.
Calling hours for Anthony Hughes will be at Brunner Funeral Home, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. A burial service will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. at the South Kirtland Cemetary.
Amvets Post 109 and Amvets Post 40 are donating their services for a luncheon.
The Hughes wish to thank the community for an outpouring of support.