'Metaphase'

Cue The Tears: Dad Creates Comic Book For Son with Down Syndrome

Nothing is as strong as a parent’s love for their child. It’s an inexplicable bond that no one can truly understand until they’ve have a child themselves, and it’s the reason why this Kansas dad wrote a very unique and very endearing, one-of-a-kind book for his son.

 

Chip Reece

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In June 2010 Chip Reece’s son, Ollie, was born with Down Syndrome. The father and comic book-lover searched high and low to find his son a comic book character who he could not only look up to, but relate to as well. “I wanted him to see a character with Down syndrome that didn’t let that restrict him, that he could still be whatever he wanted to be despite what other people might think were his limitations,” Reece tells People. Yet he couldn’t find a single one for Ollie no matter how hard he looked.

 

Chip Reece

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Reece wasn’t going to let what Mayo Clinic note is the most common chromosomal condition, take away any of the magic from Ollie’s life. Although it was hard for Ollie to remain strong as he had to have multiple heart surgeries just within his first year. “There were times we weren’t sure he was going to make it,” Reece explains.

 

'Metaphase'

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Reece soon decided to take the leap and write a ten-page comic called Metaphase, starring a little boy named Ollie. The character has Down syndrome and longs to have super powers like his dad. He comes across a questionable organization that offers to give him powers so he could be like everyone else.

 

'Metaphase'

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The story, illustrated by Kelly Williams, portrays real life predicaments and situations faced by someone who either has, or loves someone with, Down syndrome. Ollie is now seven-years-old and is just starting to really understand the meaning behind his dad’s custom story.

 

What started out as a book for family could now be read by all who relate. What started out with serious hardship has now turned into a loving and wonderful life.

 

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