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Night of Christmas caroling for Berks County girl dying from leukemia

Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:18:17 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 22 2013 10:35:12 PM EST

Update on Laney


A tight-knit community in Berks County helped a dying little girl check off another item on her bucket list Saturday night.

Laney Brown was diagnosed with leukemia seven months ago, and now doctors say she has just days to live.

 The 8-year-old girl wished for a night of caroling out front of her West Reading home, and her dream was fulfilled by the thousands.


Nearly 10,000 people sang Christmas carols in the 400 block of Chestnut Street in West Reading, as they offered hope and compassion.

 "I can't even express how I feel," said Krysta Reber, who has a daughter Laney's age.

Some people interpreted Saturday's warm weather as a sign from above.

"I believe this was God's way of saying 'Hey, listen.  I need you to go see my little angel an give her that singing that she deserves," said Chandra Smith, a mother and grandmother. 

Brown was too weak to see her wish come true, but a picture  of Laney with her thumbs up was posted on the Team Laney Facebook Page on Saturday night that said "I can hear you now!!! Love you!"

The night of caroling came on the day after Brown's eighth birthday.   Country music superstar Taylor Swift contacted Brown with a surprise FaceTime chat on Friday.