Proud dad Alan Lawrence has found an amazing way to show his youngest son Wil how incredible he is. Wil has Down syndrome, but he also has a pretty unique gift. Wil can fly! (Thanks to a little Photoshop magic from his dad.)
Alan lives in Utah with his wife, 18-month-old Wil, and four (soon to be five!) other children. He started taking these pictures of Wil flying as a way to inspire his son:
"These photos of Wil flying have taken on a special meaning for me as I think about the unique challenges Wil is going to face growing up. I hope to teach him that even with his disabilities he can do anything he puts his mind to.”
The photo series started as an inside joke between family and friends. "Wil has always wanted to fly ever since he learned to roll on his stomach," Alan said.
"He likes to throw his arms behind his back and wiggle his feet and my family and I have always joked that he will one day take off." So one day, Alan decided to make it happen, using his camera. He held Wil up in the air, took a bunch of shots, and then edited himself out.
Alan is also working on a project called “Bringing The Light
,” with the aim of supporting other families living with Down syndrome. He has launched a Kickstarter projec
t to print "Wil Can Fly" calendars and plans to donate 50 percent of the proceeds to Down syndrome foundations.
"We realize Wil is still young," says Alan on his Kickstarter page, "but we know that even though he has Down Syndrome it doesn't mean he is limited, he will be able to do anything he puts his mind to. WIL CAN FLY!
Want more info about Wil and Alan? Check out their Kickstarter page or see more pics on Alan's blog thatdadblog.com
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