10K Visitors Grant Dying Girl's Last Wish

Pennsylvania girl diagnosed with cancer wanted to hear them sing

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 23, 2013 7:10 PM CST
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(Newser) – An incredible sight on a small-town street: thousands of people singing Christmas carols. The sad reason behind it: 8-year-old Delaney Brown, nicknamed Laney, has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and given only days or weeks to live, the Reading Eagle reports. The carolers in West Reading, Penn, were one of three items on Laney's bucket list; she got to have a video chat with Taylor Swift but couldn't go on a Disney Cruise in her condition. On Saturday, however, she heard the estimated 10,000 carolers through a crack in her house's front door.

Amazingly, the carolers well-exceeded the town's population of 4,000. They sang holiday favorites like "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World," and finished with "Happy Birthday" because Laney turned 8 on Friday. She responded with a thumbs-up photo on her Facebook page—the caption read, "I can hear you now!!! Love you!" Laney has undergone five rounds of radiation therapy and a stem cell transplant, but earlier this week her parents posted the devastating news about her prognosis. "I was sad because she has cancer," said an 8-year-old in Laney's dance troupe. "I want to make her feel better. I love her and I miss her."

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