Dying Girl’s Wish Granted by 10,000 Carolers

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(CNN) -- Eight-year-old Laney Brown will never see Christmas again. Her doctors say leukemia will take her soon.

Laney loves music. Loves to dance, loves Taylor Swift, loves Christmas carols.

As her dying wishes, she asked to meet the country superstar and for some people to come by her house for a night of caroling, CNN affiliate WFMZ reported.

On Friday -- her birthday -- Laney and Swift video chatted through FaceTime, a software application that allows callers to see each other on Apple products.

Saturday night the singers came. At first it was hundreds of people, then thousands. Then it was 10,000.

They came to her home in West Reading, Pennsylvania, and even though she was too weak to go to the window, she heard the wonderful music.

"I can hear you now!!! Love you!" she said through a photo her family posted to a Team Laney Facebook page showing the girl, two thumbs up despite a breathing mask, lying in bed.

Laney was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia seven months ago. Last week doctors told her family that she has 70% cancer cells in her blood. She came home from the hospital on Thursday and said she wanted to hear Christmas carols.

So two days later people came from all over. Her dance team was there to honor her through one last number. Even Santa showed up.

Many of them held back tears.

"I can't even express how I feel," Krysta Rebe, who has a daughter Laney's age, told WFMZ.

It was only an hour of singing, but it lifted the spirits of everyone who jammed the block outside the Browns' home.

On Facebook one woman wrote that she had seen and taken part in a miracle.

"As much as I want that miracle to be saving the life of an 8-year-old little girl, Laney, the miracle was an 8-year-old little girl teaching an entire community, town, city and the whole country the true meaning of Christmas," Marianne Franken wrote.

Laney's parents issued a statement Thursday thanking the public for its support and asking for privacy in the difficult days ahead.


  • Tammy Luster

    Laney you are amazing and an inspiration. Your story has touched my heart. I will keep you & your family in my prayers. God bless.

  • Gregg Sutak

    It’s so hard to type a reply when I’m fighting back the tears. Tonight, the lead stories on the 11:00 news, coast to coast, will be about a pathetic story: A school shooting, etc. Instead of a heart-warming story like this.Dear Laney, when you see Jesus, please pray for me. You are an angel and an inspiration. God bless you and your family. Merry Christmas, Laney.

  • Donna Rhodes

    I’m crying at this moment You are such a beautiful amazing young lady, You have touched my heart along with many others…..I will keep you in my prayers and in my heart <3 God Bless ….

  • Lori

    “What a amazing little girl. Don’t even know you but you touched me to tears. God bless you and your family during this time. A real example to many to what Christmas is really about…” But just to let you Miracles happen every day.

  • Lindsay Bunn Rogers

    She don’t have to die! Get that baby some CANNABIS OIL! Cannabis Oil extracts are killing and curing cancer! Google it- research it, MAKE IT YOURSELF and SAVE THAT BABY! Don’t RUN FROM THE CURE! Look for BRAVE MYKAYLA or LANDON RIDDLE’S STORY- THEY ARE KICKING LEUKEMIA’S BUTT WITH CANNABIS OIL!

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