Dad Teaches Son With Down Syndrome to Fly

Nov 10, 2015 at 4:57 pm |
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For Wil Lawrence, the Sky’s the Limit!

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One proud father is sharing an important life lesson with his son, and the rest of the world, by sharing a photo series featuring his two-year-old boy with Down syndrome in mid-flight.


Alan Lawrence, a 40-year-old father of six and a professional photographer first got the idea to give his little boy super powers when his son first rolled on his stomach. “Wil has always wanted to fly ever since he learned to roll on his stomach,” Alan told The Mirror. “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.”

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Soon enough with the help of his father it became a reality, and now Wil flies over meadows, chases down dogs in Halloween costumes and hovers in front of the bathroom mirror while he gets ready for bed – he can pretty much do anything, which is the message Alan is trying to impart as an artist and a father.

Now Alan is also trying to help raise awareness of his son’s genetic condition through the photographs and is even creating The ‘Wil Can Fly’ 2016 calendar to help raise money for Down’s Syndrome foundations Ruby’s Rainbow and Reece’s Rainbow.

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Alan’s photographs are stunning visually, family oriented and sprinkled with more than a little magic. “The main idea for the photos is to show that people with Down Syndrome can do anything they put their minds to,” says Alan.

“The only limits they have are the limits we put on them.”

Follow Alan’s work on his Instagram or check out his story on That Dad Blog.

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“The only limits they have are the limits we put on them.”