Delaney Brown (Laney) turned eight on Friday.
At eight years old, we typically think of the future; of a life filled with promise.
Laney’s was celebrated in a room filled with hospice equipment.
Her mother posted this on the family’s website December 19th:
Today we were told the worst news of our lives. Laney has 70% cancer cells in her blood. If they would treat the cancer the virus that she has would kill her. And if they treat the virus the cancer will kill her.
They gave her a couple days to a couple weeks to live.
My heart is breaking. I sit here looking at her face trying to remember every contour of it, I breath deeply …against her skin trying to always remember her smell. Every time she speaks I try to listen for the different way she says certain words so that I never forget. I keep putting my lips against her warm skin because I never want to forget how that feels. I’m devastated and I’m hoping that I will wake up from this nightmare.
We told Laney and she said she wanted to be the one to tell Kylee and Jacob. She told Jacob that when she’s gone he is to be a good big brother to Kylee. And she thanked Kylee for being a great sister and her best friend. They all cried in each other’s arms. I have never felt this type of pain in my life.
We will be taking her home on hospice tomorrow and will be trying to let her have as much fun as she can handle. We will watch her blow out her eighth birthday candels [sic] knowing that she won’t have a ninth. We will also ask Santa to come early this year because Laney has been such a good girl. Please pray for Laney and our family. Please pray for a miracle. We will be spending every second with her till God decides he needs another beautiful angel up in heaven.
What is this little girl’s wish? For people to sing her Christmas carols.
The response has been astounding. So many people replied “as going” that the borough has announced it will block off the 400 block of Chestnut Street in front of the Brown’s home.
There could be over 6,000 people there as of now. (Perhaps many more.)
If you are in the area, I wanted to encourage you and your family to attend.
For those of us not in the area, we can record themselves singing Christmas carols for Laney to watch. (Upload to Youtube and post either on the Team Laney Facebook page or send the link to the contact section of Laney’s family’s website.)
*The Brown family is asking that no one bring any gifts/packages/presents to the caroling event. However, you are welcome to bring cards.*