Laney Brown, girl who inspired community, passes away

Christmas wishes, messages of support pour in from around the world

Remembering Laney Brown

WEST READING, Pa. - Laney Brown lost her struggle with a rare form of cancer early Christmas morning. Well wishes and messages of support for the little girl and her family poured in from around the world during her last days.

Delaney "Laney" Brown, the eight-year-old girl from West Reading, Pennsylvania who inspired a community and touched hearts across the world, has passed away quietly with her loving family by her side.  

At this time, her family respectfully requests privacy to celebrate their daughter's life and to mourn her loss.  

Family spokesperson, Christopher Winters released this statement from the family" "We are devastated by the loss of our Laney.  She was our angel. We will miss her smile, her laughter, and the way she would light up any room she was in.  We are eternally grateful for all of the love kindness, prayers and support that we have received from people across the world.  You will never know how meaningful it was for all of you to rally around Laney.  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. We will miss her every day of our lives and the void she's left will never be filled.  Our sincerest thanks for all that each of you have done.  Your prayers and well wishes gave both Laney and us great comfort as we made our way through this very difficult time. We know Laney is in heaven and watching over all of us."

Funeral services for Laney will be at the convenience of the family.

A statement posted on the Team Laney Facebook page Wednesday morning said, "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."

The Facebook page has garnered more than 117,000 "likes," most of them since news of Laney's dire prognosis began to spread across the country and around the world last week.

Doctors had given given Laney, who was diagnosed in May with high-risk AML leukemia, only days to live, prompting an outpouring of support and prayers for the family from people in Berks County and far beyond.

Nearly 10,000 people helped to fulfill one of Laney's dying wishes by gathering on the streets of West Reading on Saturday to sing Christmas carols, demonstrating the true spirit of the holiday season.

Those who couldn't be there have been showing their support on the Team Laney Facebook page.

"Prayers from the Hogan family in Anchorage, Alaska," wrote Tootsie Hogan.

"I've heard of you on local news in my country [Chile] and I couldn't help when a tear come out of my eye," wrote Emanuel Jaime Figueroa Cutipa. "Yours is a great courage and love story. My baby will know about your and your family for sure."

"A little prayer for you from Taiwan," wrote Uongu Teneoana. "Merry Christmas, Laney."

The family has asked for privacy so that it may enjoy its time with Laney.

Anyone wishing to donate money to the Laney's medical expenses may do so on her designated fundraising website.

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