WEST READING, Pa. -- A terminally ill girl who received support
from thousands of Christmas carolers outside her home over the weekend
died early on Christmas morning, her family said.
8, of West Reading "passed away quietly with her loving family by her
side," family spokesman Christopher Winters said in a statement
On Saturday night, thousands gathered outside her home
in eastern Pennsylvania to fulfill her wish for a huge holiday
singalong. The crowd cycled through holiday favorites such as Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells and ended with a chorus of Happy Birthday to the girl, who turned 8 on Friday, The Reading Eagle reported.
after the caroling began, the family's Facebook page showed a picture
of Delaney giving two thumbs up with the text, "I can hear you now!!!
Delaney, whose nickname is Laney, was diagnosed in May
with a rare form of leukemia. The community held fundraisers to defray
the cost of her medical expenses.
An update posted Wednesay on the "Team Laney" Facebook page said: "My
heart breaks right now. 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. I miss her so much
"Laney was a wonderful, kind, and loving child, who
brought so much joy to our lives," the family said. "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
Her family also expressed gratitude for the support they had received from people all over the world.