Thousands of Christmas carolers come together to make a terminally-ill girl’s wish come true.
AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD girl with leukaemia died on Christmas morning, just days after 8000 carollers granted her dying wish.
One of the last gifts Delaney Brown, nicknamed Laney, received was the support of thousands of strangers who on Saturday came to fulfill a wish of hers to hear carols sung on her front lawn.
The sad news came via her “Team Laney” Facebook page.
“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 already,’ the latest update from about 5am on Christmas morning read (9pm AEDT).
Just 10 children a year are diagnosed with the illness in America.
The sweet but brave little girl, who loved fashion and swimming in the ocean, went through five rounds of radiation and a stem cell transplant.
She also got to fulfill another wish when she got a phone call from Taylor Swift on her birthday.
Supporters turned out in droves for the giant holiday sing-along on Saturday, organised online, many having followed the youngster’s plight on Facebook since she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia in May.
But it was the carollers on Saturday that helped Laney’s story touch the hearts of Americans.
The crowd cycled through holiday favourites such as Frosty the Snowman, ‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells and ended with a chorus of Happy Birthday to the girl.
Shortly after the caroling began, the family’s Facebook page showed a picture of Laney giving two thumbs up with the text, “I can hear you now!!! Love you!”
“Tonight over 8000 people rallied in support of a little girl they hardly know,” her parents wrote after the event, thanking everyone for “showing me and my family your love and support during this difficult holiday season”.