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To Celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month, This Dad Made His Kid ‘Fly’

“Wil has Down Syndrome, but my family and I know that won’t stop him from doing anything he puts his mind to – Wil Can Fly.”

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Although it is considered as the “most common chromosomal condition,” Down syndrome remains to be generally misunderstood.

According to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), 1 in every 691 babies born in the United States has Down syndrome. Thus, around 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome and around 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the country each year.

Some of the common misconceptions about it include the belief that kids with Down syndrome are born to older parents and that those who have it suffer severe cognitive disability. Or that they are always sick.

Every October, Down Syndrome Awareness Month is celebrated. NDSS described the celebration this way:

“During the month of October, we celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of our abilities and accomplishments. It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities.”

Alan Lawrence, a father of 6 kids, recently shared his new series of heartwarming photos which he dubbed “Wil Can Fly.”

Alan explained:

“I started this series back on March 21st (National Down Syndrome Day) of this year as a way to illustrate the joy my son (Wil) has brought to our family. Wil has Down Syndrome, but my family and I know that won’t stop him from doing anything he puts his mind to – Wil Can Fly.”

Scroll down and view Wil’s glorious photos below:

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Military Dad Appears at a Florida Football Game to Surprise His 4 Kids

In front of 90,000 cheering fans, no less!

I can only imagine how hard it must be for soldiers and their families to be separated in the name of serving the country, especially if these men and women in uniform are sent to dangerous places like Afghanistan. Imagine how it feels to wait for your husband or father to come home from overseas, with their future uncertain.

Now these kids, who are the children of Chief Warrant Officer Kristian Denkins, miss their dad terribly. So while they are waiting for him to come home from Afghanistan, they entertained themselves by watching a Florida Gators game with their mom. To their surprise, they were invited to come to the field to watch a special videotaped message from their daddy, who they assumed was still in Afghanistan.

 They were surprised to see Daddy's special message for them...

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What are the chances?

Here's a love story that's stranger than fiction.

Its a story about how one couple met thanks to the intervention of their cars' license plates.

Christian Bacani and Tway Ocampo were two rising young professionals working their way up the ranks in the IT industry when a twist of fate brought the two upwardly mobile individuals together...

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Shared the Story of a Determined Filipina, and it Went Viral

She was able to finish her thesis and graduate, thanks to internet.org, a Facebook-led initiative.

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”
--Colin Powell

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of the biggest social media site Facebook, recently shared an amazing story about a hard-working woman from the Philippines named Riza, who decided to pursue her dreams despite life's challenges.

The story went viral.

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