Prayers For Shane: Viral ‘Bucket List Baby’ Passes Away

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A tragic countdown of sorts began at 2:25 am this morning … and abruptly ended roughly four hours later.

Shane Michael, the so-called “Bucket List Baby” on Facebook was born this morning — and he didn’t get to live very long at all. Sometimes the world is just not fair.

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See Shane was diagnosed with anencephaly — a condition causing him to develop without parts of his brain and skull — when his mother, Jenna Haley was just 13 weeks into term. And so as little Shane grew in her womb, Jenna and her husband Dan took to Facebook to create the “Prayers For Shane” Facebook page.

Since most diagnosed with anencephaly die shortly after birth, Shane’s parents comprised a bucket list for him to accomplish before he was born. And a little viral magic helped the couple accomplish all of it for Shane.

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The bucket list is as follows (courtesy of

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

His life was short but full. NMR wishes Jenna and Dan Haley all the best — and congratulate them on being amazing parents.

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