14/08/2014 16:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Terminally Ill Girl, 8, Died On Christmas Day Soon After 10,000 Carol Singers Fulfilled Her Dying Wish


A terminally ill girl died on Christmas Day just days after seeing her wish fulfilled after thousands of carol singers gathered outside her home.

Eight-year-old Delaney Brown 'passed away quietly with her loving family by her side', said a family spokesman.

On Saturday night, 10,000 singers gathered outside her home in West Reading, Pennsylvania, to fulfill her wish for a huge holiday singalong.

The crowd heartily sang 'Frosty the Snowman', 'Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer' and 'Jingle Bells' and ended with a chorus of 'Happy Birthday' to Delaney, who turned eight on Friday.

Shortly after the carol singers began, the family's Facebook page showed a picture of Delaney giving two thumbs up with the text: "I can hear you now!!! Love you!"

Delaney, whose nickname is Laney, was diagnosed in May with a rare form of leukaemia. The community held fundraising to cover her medical expenses.

An update posted on Christmas Day on the 'Team Laney' Facebook page said: "My heart breaks right now. Our little angel on earth earned her pink glittery angel wings in heaven. She took her last breath at home in her bed at 3:10 surrounded by all her family and friends. I miss her so much already."

The family said: "Laney was a wonderful, kind, and loving child, who brought so much joy to our lives.

"Even as her illness progressed, Laney never stopped having faith, she continued to smile in spite of her pain, and she showed more concern for all of us than for herself."