A young girl from Pennsylvania, Laney Brown was just 7 years old when she was diagnosed with a very rare form of the malignant and often fatal leukemia. She was a typical seven-year-old girl that loves life; she loved dancing, she loved singing and she loved music generally. She was also a big fan of the popular pop star, Taylor Swift.
For a family with a daughter of Laney’s age, Christmas celebrations are always events to anticipate eagerly. When the parents received the news that their lovely daughter would not make it to the next Christmas, they became distraught and had to make the most of the time they had left with her. Laney’s final wishes were posted on the internet, which were to meet her pop idol, Taylor Swift and to get to experience one last night of Christmas caroling. Her wishes were not only viewed by thousands of users, she got even much more than she thought her wish would bring.
On December 20, 2013, which was Laney’s eighth birthday, her favorite pop idol got in touch with her as a birthday gift. When Taylor Swift heard about her wish, she FaceTimed the dying girl to make her wish come true. The surprise for Laney did not end on her birthday night because the following night she was in for yet another surprise.
The night after Taylor Swift got in touch with her, she was lying in her parents’ bedroom in their home when she heard the voices outside their West Reading, Pennsylvania home. The voices heard outside were at first that of a few hundred singing the popular carol songs, then the numbers grew to thousands. Before the night ended, more than 10,000 people stood outside the Browns’ home to fulfill the last wish of the dying girl. The surprise she got was more than just fulfilling a wish, it was a miracle.
That evening, she was too enervated to see the droves of people caroling outside her window, but she was totally able to enjoy her Christmas miracle and the wonderful music coming from them.
With two thumbs up and a breathing mask over her frail outlook as seen from a picture of her lying in bed posted on a Facebook page dedicated to her, she said “I can hear you now!!! Love you!”
The family received the diagnosis of her condition on May 27, 2013, approximately seven months before she made her final wish. She was then diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, acute myeloid Leukemia. They were told that day that Laney’s blood was made up of up to 70% cancerous cells.
All of her final wishes were granted so she will experience them all one more time. Thousands of complete strangers sang for her, her favorite famous pop star showed up to grant her wish, her dance team came around for her to witness one last performance, and even Santa had to make an appearance. It can be concluded for all intents and purposes that Laney had one last wonderful Christmas to enjoy.
The event that played out in those few days was reported by most people that partook in it that it lifted their spirits and that of the Pennsylvania neighborhood the Browns resided.
One of the women that took part in granting Laney’s wish said on her Facebook page that she had just seen and partook in a miracle.
The woman, Marianne Franken wrote,
“Although I want the miracle that happened to be more of saving an 8-year-old girl from an impending death, the miracle that happened was that of this little girl, Laney teaching the entire community, the city, the country and the whole world what Christmas stands for”.
Laney made it to the 2013 Christmas Eve, but she drew her last breath in her mother’s arms on the Christmas morning.
Laney’s mother, Mrs. Brown shared her thoughts and feelings with the following words,
“As you get up in the morning, please take your time to hold your children tightly. You need to tell them how very special they are to you.” She added, “I miss my little girl so much that I would give anything just to let her know one more time how much she impacted me and made me a better person. I would let her know just how honored and privileged I am to be her mum for this very short time”.
This mother’s words perfectly summarizes how little the time we all have on this earth we call home. Human life is a fleeting precious gift, we all need to take her advice and give a big hug to the people closest to us. Let them all know how special they are to you, how much they mean to you and how dear they all are. It is imperative that we all live the best way possible in this little time we have left, while we are still able to.