Public viewing held for Delaney 'Laney' Brown

More than a thousand people celebrated the life of 8-year-old Delaney 'Laney' Brown during a public viewing in West Reading.
December 29, 2013 8:27:43 PM PST
Despite the rainy weather Sunday, more than a thousand people made their way into Kuhn Funeral Home in West Reading to pay their respects to 8-year-old Delaney 'Laney' Brown.

"She actually gave me a better perspective on life and not to take life for granted," said Tara Stoner.

Laney lost her battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia early Christmas morning.

With the help of her mother's post on the Team Laney Facebook page, the community was right there with her as she fought the rare form of cancer.

"You felt like you were going through all of this right alongside of her. I felt like Laney's hopefulness through all of this has really shined through," said Kate Hunter.

The overwhelming support also shined brightly a week ago when 8,000 people granted Laney's dying wish and sang Christmas carols on her street.

It's one reason her family decided to hold a public viewing where people wore bright colors in honor of Laney, who loved hot pink.

Laney was a second grader at Wyomissing Hills Elementary. Parents brought their children to help them understand the loss and Laney's impact.

"We were open with them and followed it and learned to appreciate the little things in life," said Laura Pennock.

Some residents even set up a tent so people could write messages to Laney and her family. It was a way for so many to thank the little girl who brought more attention to pediatric cancer.

"I think she's just going to be an inspiration to everyone here and everyone in the United States. For everyone who tuned into all this, it just touched everyone's lives," said Tommy Pennock.

Later this week, Laney's family will hold a private funeral service and burial for their little girl.

In lieu of flowers, her parents are asking for contributions to be made to the Four Diamonds Fund at Hershey Medical Center.

More information:
Team Laney Facebook page


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