CHELSEY Watkins, of Rossmoyne, was online when she stumbled across a tattoo design know as ‘The Lucky Few’ that she decided would be perfect to honour her uncle Lee’s life.
Her uncle had down syndrome and died of deep vein thrombosis in March, aged 43.
Chelsey and her mum Tracy got permission to start a Facebook group in Australia four weeks ago, called The Lucky Few Tattoo Australia, and the design was inked on to their wrists on Anzac Day by Modern Ink in Fremantle.
“In January 2018, a group of mums in America came up with a tattoo design named ‘The Lucky Few’ to unite those all over the world who have a loved one with down syndrome,” Tracy said.
“The simple three-arrow shape represents the extra chromosome on number 21 more commonly known as Trisomy 21.
“It represents resilience, never giving up, moving forward and that we are the lucky ones fortunate to have a loved one or be associated with those who have down syndrome.”
She said Lee was always very happy-go-lucky, took everything in his stride, was extremely caring and loving.
“They only know happiness and how to live in the moment,” Tracy said.
“We feel very privileged to have had Lee in our lives. Our aim is to spread awareness , that its so important to accept people for who they are.
“Lee taught us so much including compassion, kindness and understanding towards those who have special needs.”
In 2013, Lee Atwell was the City to Surf Active ambassador and had a long-running television ad.
He also was in the first inaugural team for CBC football all abilities, winning premierships and going to Parliament House to meet the Sports Minister.
“More recently he was in the performing arts, regularly being part of dancing concerts and had a lead singing part which was up and coming in the next few months,” Tracy said.
“In his earlier years as a teenager he played basketball and won a medal at the Special Olympics.
“Lee became legally blind in his later years but he never let this stop him; he had a stroke at 30 recovered and later suffered from Crohns.”
Lee Atwell spent 18 years in a group home at Walters Retreat in Atwell, often returning to his mother’s home in Willetton to see family.