Monday, December 30, 2013

Laney Brown Dies Of Leukemia On Christmas After Phone Call From Taylor Swift

An 8-year-old girl whose struggle with leukemia inspired thousands of neighbors - including Taylor Swift - passed away on Christmas Day.

Delaney "Laney" Ann Brown received a surprise phone call from Swift, 24, earlier this month as part of her birthday celebration.

On facebook, Brown's mom wrote: "Laney got to fulfill another one of bucket list items…to talk to Taylor Swift!!! Laney was so nervous to talk to her because she is such a "famous celebrity." I was actually worried that when Taylor FaceTimed her that she would be to scared to talk but Taylor was fabulous!!"

"She really engaged Laney in conversation. Laney lit up and had a huge smile on her face. I can't thank Taylor enough for taking time out from her family to make Laney's birthday very memorable," Brown's mother went on, adding: "We will hold that memory in our hearts forever."

The following day, December 21, a "Christmas Caroling for Laney" event was organized through facebook near the family's house in West Reading, Pennsylvania, so that she could hear her favorite holiday tracks - another dying request.

Nearly 10,000 people appeared on the streets in Brown's neighborhood for an hour of caroling.

Last Wednesday, on Christmas, Brown died of complications from leukemia.

"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," Brown's mother wrote, noting: "I miss her so much already."

R.I.P Laney Brown

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