A video posted to Delaney “Laney” Brown’s Facebook page received 8,500 likes and was shared almost 1000 times in less than 12 hours on December 28, two days before her funeral in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
The little girl who lost her battle to cancer just before dawn on Christmas Day will long be remembered for rallying almost 10,000 Christmas carolers to sing in front of her home last Saturday evening.
Laney’s condition, a rare, aggressive form of leukemia that was diagnosed just last spring, worsened as the holidays approached, and on December 17, her family received the devastating news that she had only weeks to live.
With Laney’s 8th birthday and Christmas fast approaching, her family turned to the Team Laney Facebook page to share updates and get help granting a couple of the little girl’s dying wishes, which included meeting Taylor Swift an listening to Christmas Carols. Both wishes were granted, according to Facebook and multiple news reports. First, a phone call from Taylor Swift on December 20 – Laney’s birthday – was arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, her family posted on Facebook. The very next day, Laney listened – and the world watched – as thousands gathered on her block to sing Christmas carols.
Just one week later, the grieving family and town are making arrangements for the little girl's funeral. Laney’s viewing will be held Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at the Kuhn Funeral Home on Penn Avenue in West Reading, and is open to the public. In honor of Laney's fashionista style, everyone is encouraged to "dress to impress," her obituary reads.
According to the Reading Eagle, Laney's family is hoping the day will be upbeat and are asking attendees to leave their black clothes in the closet and wear bright colors for the viewing -- preferably pink.