WYOMISSING, Pa. - Hundreds gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Wyomissing for a special night honoring a special girl.
"It's never easy, it's almost been three years and it feels like yesterday that I lost her," said Jennifer Capone-Brown, Laney Brown's mother.
Laney Brown was just 8 years old when she passed away on Christmas Day 2013 after a battle with cancer.
Support for the bright-eyed girl from West Reading poured in from around the world.
Days before she passed away, nearly 10,000 people gathering in West Reading to sing Christmas carols -- it was one of Laney's dying wishes.
On Friday, Laney's spirit filled the the ballroom at the Crown Plaza hotel on Friday for the 2nd Annual Golden Gala.
"I think she'd be proud, I think she would think was beautiful," said her mother fighting back tears. "I think she's want to dance the night away with us and I'm pretty sure she will be tonight."
The event is part part of the foundation Laney's Legacy of Hope. The organization raises funds for research and to help families with children battling cancer.
Capone-Brown says the foundation has a "no questions asked policy" to help families who can meet the criteria outlined by the organization. The families are able to use the funds for whatever need may arise during their child's cancer treatment.
Also, this year the organization is hoping to reach it's goal of $50,000 to help launch a pediatric cancer research project.
"The community came together so much for us in a really tough time so we're just trying to give back and help other kids that are fighting as well," said Jenell Wolf, Laney's aunt and Vice President of Laney's Legacy of Hope.
The gala also brings the community together -- something Laney loved.
"That's called impact. I mean that is, it truly is a legacy and literally she still touching lives today," George Zeppos told 69 News.
Moreover, it brings hope to other families like Laney's.
"My heart wants to tell them to hang in there and then the foundation side of me wants to tell them that if they needs help that we're here," concluded Laney's mother.
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