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PENNSYLVANIA (WITI) — A Pennsylvania couple, expecting a son, has created a unique “bucket list” for the unborn baby. Their son, Shane has been diagnosed with a complex neural defect that kills most infants shortly after they’re born.

ABC6 in Philadelpha reports Shane has been diagnosed with anencephaly. Babies with anencephaly are born without parts of their brain and skill. Most die shortly after birth.

“Most families wait until their baby is born to start making memories and traveling to places with them. We understood what it was and knew that our time with our son could be very limited, so we wanted to make the most of the time that we had with him,” Shane’s father, Dan Haley told ABC6.

They Haley’s have created a bucket list for their baby — coming up with a list of places and activities they love and want to share with their son.

Baby Shane Bucket List

They vowed to complete as many of the bucket list items as they can while Jenna Haley is pregnant.

ABC6 reports the bucket list was completed on September 6th.

Shane is due on October 12th.

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

CLICK HERE to access a Facebook page set up in Baby Shane’s honor.

CLICK HERE for more on this story via ABC6.


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