WEST READING, Pa., (CBS) –The Berks County girl battling AML leukemia, who had captured the hearts of thousands, has passed away. (See previous story)

According to the Team Laney Facebook  page, Laney Brown died 3:10 a.m. Christmas morning surrounded by friends and family.

The news of Laney’s passing comes just days after thousands caroled outside her West Reading home to make one of her last wishes come true.

A spokesperson for Laney’s family released the following statement:

“We are devastated by the loss of our Laney.  She was our angel. We will miss her smile, her laughter, and the way she would light up any room she was in.  We are eternally grateful for all of the love kindness, prayers and support that we have received from people across the world.  You will never know how meaningful it was for all of you to rally around Laney.  Laney was a wonderful, kind, and loving child, who brought so much joy to our lives.  Even as her illness progressed, Laney never stopped having faith, she continued to smile in spite of her pain, and she showed more concern for all of us than for herself.  We will miss her every day of our lives and the void she’s left will never be filled.   Our sincerest thanks for all that each of you have done.  Your prayers and well wishes gave both Laney and us great comfort as we made our way through this very difficult time. We know Laney is in heaven and watching over all of us.”

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