BOSTON – A soon-to-be father has raised tens of thousands of dollars after pledging to run the Boston Marathon for his daughter with Down syndrome.
In less than one month, Oliver and Kinnon Foley of Charlestown, Massachusetts will welcome their first child, Tenley. Doctors told the couple that their daughter will will be born with Down syndrome.
Oliver decided to run the race just a few weeks after the diagnosis. Since then, he’s raised thousands for others with Down syndrome.
“As parents, we want her to feel like she can achieve anything,” Oliver told ABC News. “We know she’ll change people’s perceptions about what it means to have Down syndrome.”
Kinnon’s late great uncle, Chris McCall, was also born with Down syndrome. He died at the age of 65 in 2012.
Tenley’s due date is May 3, her great-uncle’s birthday.
“What we want from her is nothing different that what any parent wants for any child,” said Kinnon. “We want her to feel happy and loved by her community.”