‘Declan’s Dash’ helps to build local playgrounds

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Kernersville family is making sure their 2-year-old’s memory lives on through playgrounds.

Declan Donoghue died back in 2010 from a rare immune genetic disease. Since his death, Declan’s family has turned their sorrow into slides and swings.

So far, with the help of the community, Declan’s Foundation has built two playgrounds in Kernersville and is planning to build their third in Greensboro.

“There is nothing better than hearing children laugh and play,” explains Nicole Donoghue, Declan’s mom.

Every year on Mother’s Day weekend, there’s a race called Declan’s Dash. The money from the race goes towards building playgrounds.

“We really do think just seeing the kids play is a representation of Declan’s spirit,” says Donoghue.

The Greensboro playground will be on Hilltop Road next to the Griffin Recreation Center. The recreation center opens at the end of the month. The playground is expected to be done by the end of the summer.

Even though Declan wasn’t around long enough to make friends with the kids at his parks his mom knows Declan is there in his own way.

“I think when he hears the laughter a little part of him is with those kids,” says Donoghue.

Declan’s Dash is on Saturday morning at Harmon Park in Kernersville on South Main Street. The 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. and is $35. There’s also a fun run for kids for $15.

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