Couple completes ‘bucket list’ for unborn son expected to have brief life

Posted at 1:16 PM, Sep 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-11 13:55:58-04

DELAWARE COUNTY, Penn. — While most couples have the fortune to wait until their baby is born before creating family memories, Jenna and Dan Haley do not. In April, their unborn son Shane was diagnosed with a terminal neural tube defect called anencephaly. The condition causes babies to be born without parts of their brain and skull.

The life expectancy for newborns with anencephaly ranges from hours to days, the Haleys said.

“We are asking for your prayers and support and that God grants us as much time as possible with our beautiful son,” they wrote on the Prayers for Shane Facebook page.

Shane is due in October, so in the weeks and months leading up to his birth, his parents completed a bucket list of sorts. Taking him to some of their favorite places.

“Shane has already proven to us that each day must be lived to the fullest and that is exactly what our little family is doing,” they wrote.” Follow us through our various adventures as we take Shane to some of our favorite childhood places.” Now more than 170,000 people follow the family on Facebook.

The Haleys finished the bucket list on September 6.

Here is what was on Shane’s bucket list:

  • Cape May County Park Zoo in Cape May, NJ
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ
  • 9/11 memorial in New York City
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Empire State Building
  • Times Square
  • Central Park
  • Strasberg Rail Road near Lancester, PA
  • Beach in Wildwood, NJ
  • Beach in Cape May, NJ
  • Rehoboth Beach in Delaware
  • Dewey Beach in Delaware
  • Phillies game
  • Philadelphia Flyers game
  • Meet the Phillies
  • Meet Flyers (including Claude Giroux)
  • Dad’s Delco league baseball games (championship)
  • Ocean City, MD boardwalk and games (old time photo)
  • Rides at the pier in Wildwood, NJ (including Ferris wheel)
  • Shrine of St. John Neumann in Philadelphia
  • Shrine at St. Rita church in Philadelphia
  • Geno’s Steaks in Philadelphia
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park in Philadelphia
  • Zac Brown Band concert
  • Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA
  • Uncle Jim’s baseball game at Penn State
  • Ashbridge Memorial Park in Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Cape May Lewes Ferry in Lewes, DE
  • Franklin Institute in Philadelphia