Girl Whose Christmas Wish Inspired Carolers Dies

Thousands turned out for Laney Brown, 8
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2013 2:37 PM CST
People gather in front of Laney Brown's home in West Reading, Pa., on Dec. 21 to sing Christmas carols.   (AP Photo/Reading Eagle, Ben Hasty)

(Newser) – A Pennsylvania girl who inspired thousands of Christmas carolers to sing for her over the weekend died of leukemia this morning, reports WFMZ. Laney Brown, 8, had a Christmas wish to hear carolers, prompting an estimated 10,000 people to cram onto her street in West Reading on Saturday night. She couldn't make it outside, but her family posted a photo of her with two thumbs up. The night before, she talked via video with her idol Taylor Swift, another of her wishes, notes CNN. "She took her last breath at home in her bed at 3:10 surrounded by all her family and friends," says a post today on her Facebook page. "I miss her so much already." (Read more Laney Brown stories.)

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