After a weekend of mostly horrendous news, I came across a great story on Boredpanda about a dad who has photoshopped pictures of his one-year-old son William “flying”, put them into a calendar, and is trying to raise money on Kickstarter for Down Syndrome organisations.
Alan Lawrence, who lives in Utah with his wife and five kids (with 1 more on the way), takes the pictures with the hope that they will inspire Wil. He writes for his Kickstarter campaign, Bringing the Light:
Wil has always wanted to fly ever since he learned to roll on his stomach. When on his stomach 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 being a photographer I decided one day to make that a reality. I took Wil outside and did a composite photo of me holding him up and then photoshopped me out of the picture. We shared it on Instagram and told everyone that Wil finally started flying.
Our family and friends loved this idea and it soon became a weekly thing on my Instagram to see where Wil had been flying that week. These photos soon took on a whole new meaning for us as we began to consider some of the unique challenges he will face as he grows up. We realize Wil is still young, 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!