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Even though our son has Down Syndrome we know he will be able to do anything he puts his mind to - Wil Can Fly!
Even though our son has Down Syndrome we know he will be able to do anything he puts his mind to - Wil Can Fly!
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On Oct 14, 2013 our 5th child, William, entered the world and changed our lives in ways we never would have imagined.

After the doctor informed us that he had Down Syndrome we weren't quiet sure what the future held for our family, we were scared and knew very little about what to expect.   In the short 17 months since he has been with us he has helped our family grow in ways we didn't realize we needed.  Our family with Wil is happy. We want to show the world that you can have a happy life with a child with Down Syndrome. We don't have to give up all the things we love to do as a family because Wil has Down Syndrome. He helps us slow down and find the joy in life.

How "Wil Can Fly" Started

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!

 

Sharing these "Wil Can Fly"photos on social media provided an opportunity to connect with so many new friends who began sharing their stories and love for the message we are trying to communicate with these images.

Why We Need Your Help

We would like to create a calendar of "Wil Can Fly", but not just one calendar, we would like to create a series of calendars that help us share this message for 3-4 years. With the sale of each calendar we would like to do our part in giving back to the Down Syndrome community by donating half the proceeds from each sale to two amazing Down Syndrome Foundations:

Ruby's Rainbows http://www.rubysrainbow.org/

Reece's Rainbows http://reecesrainbow.org/

These foundations help both infants with Down Syndrome to be placed in a loving home, and adults with Down Syndrome to have the opportunity to go to college.

 Successful funding will help us pay for printing cost but it will also help us in gathering enough photos of Wil Flying to support the series.  Wil is growing up quick and we'd like to get as many photos as we can of him flying in unique locations before he gets too big. To do this we would like to take "Wil Can Fly" on an adventure.  Our plan is to rent an RV for 3 weeks and take "Wil Can Fly" through 5 different states, photographing in as many parks and places as possible (Arches National Park, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Golden Gate State Park, Redwoods, and more).  The photos we get on this adventure and the ones we have already taken will provide the needed images to support the series.

We would also like to accomplish a few other things while on this journey to help raise more awareness for Down Syndrome.

1. My family and I have recently started a Youtube Channel called Bringing Light. The idea behind this channel is to create videos of people who have been blessed with Down Syndrome to help educate, inspire and provide support for those who are just starting on their journey (click here to see our family's story). While traveling through California we are planning on visiting 5 amazing families who have been blessed with Down Syndrome, and who's stories have inspired us, and videoing their stories.

2. We also plan on compiling more photos of Wil interacting with our family as he is flying to eventually create a children's book that will tell the story of how kids with special needs can bless their families. We are still working out the details of this book idea but plan on focusing the story on helping others understand that those with special needs may be different, but they bring a special dynamic to their family, like a flying baby would.

And finally, we plan on vlogging the entire journey and posting it daily to our Youtube channel Bringing Light. We think it will be a fun way of showing how our family interacts and loves their little brother Wil.

Successful funding will help pay for calendar printing costs, RV rental, fuel (roughly 3,500 miles), food, park/campsite fees and some extra camera equipment.

Thank you for your help in making this possible.

Rewards

Pledge $5 or more

Thank you for your support, every little bit helps. To show our thanks for this contribution we are going to sing your praises. One morning our family will sing all of your first names before we start to drive - we promise (we will post the video to prove it). Estimated delivery: May 2015

Pledge $15 or more 

Your name will be added to a special "Thank You" blog post, we will email you a high resolution landscape photo from our trip, plus Nikolas, our 8 year old artist, is planning on sending you the cutest "thank you" drawing and letter you have ever feasted your eyes on.

Pledge $35 or more

You will receive the first ever "Wil Can Fly" 2016 calendar! We will also email you a private link to a special "Thank You" song that Ali is planning on creating on the journey. Check out the video at the bottom of the story page to get a taste of the angelic beauty of her voice.

Estimated delivery: Nov 2015 Ships anywhere in the world

Pledge $50 or more

You will receive the first ever "Wil Can Fly" 2016 calendar as well as an 8x10 "Wil Can Fly" photo of your choice. We will also email you a private link to a special "Thank You" song that Zac is planning on creating on the journey. This is kind of a big deal, he wants to be the next John Mayer so when he hits it big you can brag about this song to all of your friends.

Estimated delivery: Nov 2015 Ships anywhere in the world

Pledge $75 or more 

Thank you for supporting this project! Contributors at this level will receive a 2016 and 2017 "Wil Can Fly" calendar and we will email you 5 high resolution landscape photos from our trip. Gracie is also planning on creating friendship bracelets on the drive which we will mail out to you along with your calendar. You will officially be BFF's.

Note: The 2017 calendars will be shipped by December 2016 Estimated delivery: Nov 2015 Ships anywhere in the world.

Pledge $100 or more 

Contributors at this level will receive a 2016, 2017 and 2018 "Wil Can Fly" calendar and we will email you 10 high resolution landscape photos from our trip.

Note: 2016 and 2017 calendars will be shipped by December of 2016 and December 2017 respectively. Estimated delivery: Nov 2015 Ships anywhere in the world

Pledge $500 or more 

Your Child is Going to Fly! If you live within 2 hours of Logan, UT I will come out to your home and do a flying photo shoot with your child (must be under 2 years old). You will also receive a 2016, 2017 and 2018 "Wil Can Fly" calendar.

Note: 2016 and 2017 calendars will be shipped by December of 2016 and December 2017 respectively. Estimated delivery: Nov 2015 Ships anywhere in the world

Kids Contributions in the Rewards

My photography will play a big part of the rewards but my kids would also like to be a part of the rewards contribution. Here's a quick video on how they would like to participate.

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As part of some rewards we plan on offering high res images of some of the places we will be passing through. The photos below are a sample of some of the landscape photos I have taken in the past.

If we go beyond our goal we would use the money towards things like:

  • Photo books
  • Printing cost for extra calendars
  • Printing cost for the children's book
  • Capture more Bringing Light stories outside of Utah
  • Additional camera gear

If you would like to see more of our Wil Can Fly photos or follow our family's journey check out our blog: You can also find us on Instagram @thatdadblog and Facebook.

Risks and challenges

One obvious challenge will be traveling with 5 kids under the age of 12, can you imagine how many times we will hear the words, "are we there yet?".

We have never printed and shipped calendars before but we have already started researching and are now deciding between two different printers.
If this campaign is a success, we will do everything possible to make sure the calendars are published before December 2015.

I want to make sure you get it well before Christmas, especially the international orders.

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    Thank you for supporting this project! Contributors at this level will receive a 2016 and 2017 "Wil Can Fly" calendar and we will email you 5 high resolution landscape photos from our trip. Gracie is also planning on creating friendship bracelets on the drive which we will mail out to you along with your calendar. You will officially be BFF's.

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    Your Child is Going to Fly! If you live within 2 hours of Logan, UT I will come out to your home and do a flying photo shoot with your child (must be under 2 years old). You will also receive a 2016, 2017 and 2018 "Wil Can Fly" calendar.

    Note: 2017 and 2018 calendars will be shipped by December of 2016 and December 2017 respectively.

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