Thousands sing for dying girl

LIAM HYSLOP
Last updated 09:22 23/12/2013
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The dying girl gave a thumbs up to the Christmas carols.
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As many as 10,000 people gathered to sing the dying girl carols.
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Facebook / Team Laney
Laney playing with lego.
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Facebook / Team Laney
Smiles from Laney in June.
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Laney in June.

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An American dying girl's Christmas wish of hearing carols has been met by thousands of strangers.

Wellwishers surrounded 8-year-old Delaney "Laney" Brown's home in West Reading, Pennsylvania, on Saturday evening (US time), answering the call made by her parents on the "Team Laney" Facebook page.

Nearly 10,000 people sang on the block on Chestnut Street, including Cahndra Smith, a mother and grandmother who told WFMZ-TV that the warm weather for the night was 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," she said.

Laney, who was discharged from the hospital Friday, was too sick to see the carolers, but was able to listen. A picture of Laney giving two thumbs up from her bed was posted on the page, accompanied by the text, "I can hear you now!!! Love you!".

More than 1700 people commented on the photo including Betty Trainor, who said: "God is with you sit back and enjoy the beautiful music.."

Laney was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia in May.

Her family said last week doctors gave her only days to live and allowed her to return home for Christmas.

Laney also had another wish met on her birthday last Friday, to talk to her idol, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.

The pair had a video chat on Facetime, thanks to help from the Make A Wish Foundation.

Her mother, Jennifer Capone-Brown, said on the Facebook page Delaney was nervous but Swift helped ease the nerves.

"Taylor was fabulous!!" Capone-Brown said.

"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.

"We will hold that memory in our hearts forever."

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