Video: Thousands show up to grant terminally ill girl’s last wish

posted at 7:01 pm on December 26, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

This is gut-wrenching but so sweet, and a reminder to be thankful for every day we have with everyone we love. When I was a newspaper reporter, I met many children with terminal illnesses. They are often stunningly kind and brave, and my prayers are with the family of this sweet girl:

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.

Shortly 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!!! Love you!”

Delaney passed away Christmas Day after her battle with a rare form of leukemia.

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Heaven has a new Angel!

canopfor on December 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Hold them close!

LeftCoastRight on December 26, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Heartbreaking story…

sandee on December 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM

God Bless that participants, it is easy to believe that someone will fill the void.

Cindy Munford on December 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Normally I see these sad tales and skip by them because I just can’t take the sadness of it, then I feel guilty for not taking a bit of time to read and know a bit about the person. The photo alone makes me want to throw back a quick scotch and then make all my kids gather in the great room so I can just look at them.

Bishop on December 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Too young…

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Rest in eternal peace.

NavyMustang on December 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Waterworks on after just reading MKH’s summary.

Much too young.

Murphy9 on December 26, 2013 at 7:15 PM

I saw the original story on Monday and the heart wrenching update this morning. Laney had such an amazing last wish. Heaven has gained a truly beautiful soul!! Prayers for her family!!

dddave on December 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM

The photo alone makes me want to throw back a quick scotch and then make all my kids gather in the great room so I can just look at them.

Bishop on December 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM

I’ve found that the hardest part about being a father (1 19-month-old and another on the way) is the great love you have for them, and how my empathy has grown such that stories like this can absolutely floor me.

Living4Him5534 on December 26, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Heartbreaking. Prayers ascending for the family…

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Please give what you can to children’s cancer hospitals. We’ve got to find a cure for this.

Dollayo on December 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Stories like this leave me blank. Too much to process. The good and the bad tear at each other, and I end up … not knowing.

Sick kids pull on my heart HARD.

But it’s cool she got her wish.

wolly4321 on December 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Whether the folks singing knew it or not, they were there by Divine appointment.

crosshugger on December 26, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Hey MKH, please give a warning the vid of the little girl’s story is followed quickly by an Obama’s Christmas greeting story. It’s like we can’t avoid the jerk even for a minute. Heck I felt like I’d been rick-rolled.

Dusty on December 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Dusty on December 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Amen.
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Rest in piece little one, enjoy your new home.

CPT. Charles on December 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

I donated a box of teddy bears (I think there were 13 of them in there) to a local children’s hospital last week. After reading this story, though, it doesn’t seem like nearly enough…

Moose Drool on December 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Rest in piecepeace little one, enjoy your new home.

CPT. Charles on December 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

damn… too sad.

CPT. Charles on December 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

May God have mercy on her soul… Rest in peace, young angel…

Khun Joe on December 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

…thank you!

KOOLAID2 on December 26, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Too young…

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

.
This happened just thirty some odd miles from where I live, and I’m embarrassed to admit I knew nothing about it, before her obituary showed up on wgal.com, yesterday.

One year ago, she was as normal as any seven year old would be.

“Too young …”, indeed. . : (

May the blessings of the Living God be upon all participants in the caroling, Saturday night.

Leukemia SUCKS.

listens2glenn on December 27, 2013 at 12:04 AM

I posted this on my FB page………..

williamg on December 27, 2013 at 12:44 AM

War on Poverty. Social Justice?

It continues to befuddle me that our lot in life and our use of “government” with the “Private Sector” isn’t to rid ourselves of cancer.

I feel like a 19th Century heartbroken fool wishing for the end of Typhoid Fever.

Why did this girl have to die? Why can’t we make sure she didn’t die in vain. Politics? Fu** it.

Backseat………….. to the likes of this angel. That should be all of our causes. We should marshall all of our power and resources to defeat cancer.

All of us have been touched by it.

AYNBLAND on December 27, 2013 at 1:13 AM

I cannot handle this.

Jackalope on December 27, 2013 at 1:30 AM

Normally I see these sad tale and skip by them because I just can’t take the sadness of it, then I feel guilty for not taking a bit of time to read and know a bit about the person. The photo alone makes me want to throw back a quick scotch and then make all my kids gather in the great room so I can just look at them.

Only difference between you and me is I would go for bourbon. Absolutely heart wrenching and God bless her.

hump1201 on December 27, 2013 at 2:22 AM

Murphy9 on December 26, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Sorry guy… it’s a hoax.

Just like all the others… but you already suspected that, didn’t you?

CPT. Charles on December 27, 2013 at 2:46 AM

You’re so right MKH, there’s an uncanny kind of wisdom in these children. So close to the other side and all she wanted is what we can give away so easily–our presence and a few songs.

God bless her family.

Grace_is_sufficient on December 27, 2013 at 4:08 AM

Sorry guy… it’s a hoax.
Just like all the others… but you already suspected that, didn’t you?
CPT. Charles on December 27, 2013 at 2:46 AM

Of course. What else would be the result of creating special classes of people?

Murphy9 on December 27, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Normally I see these sad tales and skip by them because I just can’t take the sadness of it, then I feel guilty for not taking a bit of time to read and know a bit about the person. The photo alone makes me want to throw back a quick scotch and then make all my kids gather in the great room so I can just look at them.

Bishop on December 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM

This.

CaptFlood on December 27, 2013 at 8:42 AM

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/12/26/beyonce-makes-terminally-ill-girls-wish-come-true/4208801/

libfreeordie on December 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Opening line FTA:

Beyoncé really is like a queen: She can grant a child’s last wish.

And, LFoD’s idol worship of Beyonce continues to shine……..
*shaking my head*

GWB on December 27, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Sorry guy… it’s a hoax.

Just like all the others… but you already suspected that, didn’t you?

CPT. Charles on December 27, 2013 at 2:46 AM

I was about to speculate such; perps rarely ‘mark’ their victim like that, it always turns out to be a hoax of some kind.

Midas on December 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Prayers for everyone involved:

– peace for the family;
– thanks for the many, many people who took time out of their lives to share this gift with Laney;
– joy for Laney herself, undoubtedly being welcomed into Heaven with warm, open arms.

Midas on December 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Murphy9 on December 26, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Sorry guy… it’s a hoax.

Just like all the others… but you already suspected that, didn’t you?

CPT. Charles on December 27, 2013 at 2:46 AM

It really takes a special kind of pinhead like Murphy9 to start yammering about gays on a thread about a young child like this who just passed away from terminal cancer.

JetBoy on December 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord,
And let Perpetual Light shine upon her.
May her Soul
And the Souls of all the faithful departed
Through the Mercy of God
Rest in Peace.
Amen

Zorro on December 27, 2013 at 10:16 AM

It really takes a special kind of pinhead like Murphy9 to start yammering about gays on a thread
about a young child like this who just passed away from terminal cancer.
JetBoy on December 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM

I was responding in kind to your fellow sodomite.

Murphy9 on December 27, 2013 at 11:09 AM

She now travels in bright company. God speed and God grant comfort to her grieving family.

neyney on December 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Rest in peace, little one.

smoothsailing on December 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/12/26/beyonce-makes-terminally-ill-girls-wish-come-true/4208801/

libfreeordie on December 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

The “black” story is always better for you, right? You couldn’t even comment about the one who passed away?

smoothsailing on December 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Rest in peace, little one.

smoothsailing

DarkCurrent on December 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

DarkCurrent on December 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

smoothsailing on December 27, 2013 at 6:06 PM