WEST READING, Pa. - Laney Brown was an eight year old girl from West Reading who inspired hundreds of thousands of people through her battle with leukemia.
Now community members are showing their support for her as they prepare to run a 5K race in her honor.
"Laney loved running and 'fashionista' style. We just wanted to do something that would bring the whole community together again," said Jamie Burns, Laney's cousin and an event organizer.
During Laney's last days, more than 10,000 people turned out to sing her Christmas carols and offer support and compassion.
After seeing the outpouring of support, Laney's cousin Jamie Burns is one of the many community members who started planning a Fashionista 5K run.
So far, more than 700 runners are registered from across the northeast.
"We are very very excited about it. The community has been so supportive. It is just a great, great thing to see. It just warms our hearts," said Burns.
The race will start in the 400 block of Chestnut Street where Laney grew up.
On Sunday, August 31 from 7-11 a.m., the 400 block of Chestnut Street will be closed to traffic and parking. Parkside Drive North from Museum Road to Seventh Avenue will also be closed as well as Seventh Avenue from Museum Road to Spruce Street.
Once the race is over the fun does not end at the finish line.
The party continues at the West Reading Playground with games, live music, raffles and food and drinks.
Everyone is also encouraged to dress as a "fashionista" in bright colors and prints to win a one-of-a-kind prize from Joan Rivers. Rivers, who is currently in the hospital, previously recorded this message.
"I am sending some special goodies for the person with the best 'fashionista' flare. And I can't wait to see the winners picture up on the web. Don't let me down guys," said Joan Rivers.
All the proceeds will go to Laney's Legacy of Hope to benefit children with cancer.
"Just come out, cheer them on for pediatric cancer and it is a great time," said Burns.
Registration is at 7:30 a.m and the race starts at 9 a.m. Parking is available at Reading Hospital's Seventh Avenue Parking Garage.
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