It's news no parent is ever prepared to hear: your child has Down syndrome. And when Alan Lawrence was first old those words, he admits he didn't take it well.
"I feel bad saying this, but I felt like he would be a burden to our family," the professional photographer shared. "I was dwelling on the things that were out of my control."
(Photo Credit: Alan Lawrence/That Dad Blog)
But after bringing son Wil home from the hospital, the family noticed something rather endearing about the little boy. He loved to lay on his stomach and stretch his arms out as if trying to fly.
"Being a photographer, I thought it'd be fun one day to go outside and do a picture of him flying...and say, 'Hey guys, Wil finally took off!'" Lawrence told 'NBC News.'
The picture quickly became a hit and inspired the photo series, 'Wil Can Fly,' showing the now 18-month-old taking flight in a variety of different scenarios.
"The reason we are doing this is to show [that] people with Down Syndrome can do anything they put their minds to — they can fly!" Lawrence tells 'Life & Style.'
"Our son is not a burden to our family, he brings us joy every day," the proud dad adds. "
People with Down syndrome have so much to offer the world."
For more of Lawrence's photos, visit his website, That Dad Blog, his Facebook or his Instagram page.
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