Hundreds turn out for Laney's Legacy of Hope 3rd Golden Gala

WYOMISSING, Pa. - On Friday evening, the ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Wyomissing was decked out in all things pink and sparkly, just the way Laney Brown would have liked.

More than 400 people attended the 3rd annual Golden Gala by Laney's Legacy of Hope.

"If [Laney] was in this room, her eyes would light up and you'd see those big blue eyes, and she would be excited to be here," said Jennifer Capone-Brown, Laney's mother, fighting back tears.

The foundation honors Laney, who lost her battle with cancer in 2013 when she was 8 years old.

Days before she passed, Laney gained national attention when thousands gathered outside her West Reading home to fulfill her dying wish of hearing Christmas carolers.

Now, her foundation raises money for childhood cancer research projects and local families fighting cancer.

This year, the gala was expected to raise more than $50,000 -- almost double what the event raised last year.

The event was complete with music from the Uptown Band, more than $30,000 worth of raffle prizes, and special guests.

"I'm really touched. This is my first time here and it's amazing," said Emma Flores, whose 16-year-old son, Reynaldo, was diagnosed with brain cancer five years ago.

"We're praying a lot. We have a lot of prayers, a lot of people who supporting, hoping that God makes a miracle -- that [Reynaldo] does get cured," added Flores.

Flores, like other families fighting cancer, have leaned on the foundation for hope.

Heather Luchesse's 2-year-old son, Vincent, is also one of the organization's "Fighters." Vincent was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, but his mother said he is now cancer-free. He was at Friday night's gala, too.

"Even when things are going good, you just live with uncertainty, so [the foundation] just gives us a lot of hope, and it's very good that people in our community are here to support us," Luchesse told 69 News.

To learn more about the organization visit Laney's Legacy of Hope website.

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