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On May 30, 2008, Declan was born with dark brown eyes, a thick full head of hair and the sweetest dimple chin to his loving parents, Nicole and Rich. And on September 2, 2010, just a little over two years old, Declan became a beautiful angel in Heaven watching over us for eternity.

Throughout Declan's short but wonderful life, he loved nothing more than playing with his friends and family, watching his favorite movies and TV shows and going outside to play on the playground. He amazed all who knew him with the number of words he could say at such a young age, like quesadilla and ratatouille. We also loved his wonderful ability to remember all the lyrics to his favorite songs like God Bless America and Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.

But amidst the fun times, Declan’s life was filled with many medical ailments. From pneumonia and aspiration to abnormal blood work and unexplained fevers, Declan’s rare immune genetic disorder, X-linked Chronic Granulomatous Disease, was not diagnosed until after his death. In Declan’s two years, he had more doctors visits and tests than most adults. But he faced each appointment and each test with such bravery. He always found a way to have fun and give us a smile even when he wasn’t feeling 100%.

Today, Declan gives us the strength, in the midst of our grief, to do great things for others in honor of him.



Play. It's essential to the human spirit. It's how we experience and enjoy the world and the people around us. Nowhere is this more apparent than the pure, happy and uninhibited play of children. Our son, Declan Nicholas Donoghue, was a shining example of this spirit. While his time with us was short and filled with medical struggle, it was never without play.

The Declan Donoghue Foundation seeks to carry on the memory of Declan and the spirit of play by helping to fund and build places for play in North Carolina's Piedmont Triad area.

The Declan Donoghue Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our Tax-ID is 27-4477689

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