Delaney Brown / Team Laney

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Thank you very much for all of your love and support through this horrible ordeal our family has gone through. The outpouring of kindness and giving has overwhelmed us. The family will no longer be accepting donations form this site. If you would like to donate to help other children who are suffering with this awful disease you can do so by going to http://www.pennstatehershey.org/web/fourdiamonds/

Delaney Brown passed away Christmas Day 2013. Laney was laid to rest on 12/30/2013. 
Delaney was diagnosed May 2013 with AML Leukemia. Below is Jennifer Capone/ Brown's entries as Delaney fought bravely to fight this terrible disease.

December 30 2013
Yesterday was a Laney's public viewing. It was filled with tons of loving people sharing stories of hope and inspiration that Laney had brought them. Her pictures flashed on multiply screens so that no matter where you were you had those bi...g blue eyes gazing at you. Today was Laney's private funeral services. All our closest family and friends gathered together to celebrate Laney's life. It was a beautiful service filled with tears and laughter. We then took Laney to her final resting place on this earth. We thanked God for putting her into our lives then said "see you later". We dropped a bed of pink roses atop her casket as tears steamed down our faces. It was so hard to leave that cemetery knowing that tomorrow would feel so empty and alone. We left and had a meal with our family then decided to go back to check on her. Just the four of us were there at her gravesite. We prayed together one last time before getting in the car. Since Laney passed I have asked her everyday to give me a sign that she's with me. I asked for her to come in my dreams or let me find a note that she had written to me that never got delivered till this moment but I have received nothing like that. As we were ready to leave the cemetery Jacob pointed to the sky and said "look at that cloud". As we all looked up, there it was. It was our sign. In the clouds over her gravesite was alligator. I rushed to take a picture before it dissolved away.  Little things like that will continue to show me that she's okay. I imagine tomorrow will be hard as well. Tomorrow will be the first day we wake up and don't have a task to do or a ceremony to plan. It will fill empty just like my heart does right now. Please continue to pray for strength for myself and my family.See More



December 25, 2013
I want to Thank everyone for you generosity, love and support. Delaney Brown has passed away this Christmas morning. We are all deeply saddened. I have copied the latest post from Delaney's Mother. Jen Capone/Brown.

*** Laney Update ***
My heart breaks right now. Our little angel on earth earned her pink glittery angel wings in heaven. She took her last breath at home in her bed at 3:10 surrounded by all her family and friends. I miss her so much already.


On May 27, 2013 Delaney Brown was diagnosed with high risk AML Leukemia. She has been fighting this deadly disease for 7 months. This battle included multiple rounds of chemo and a stem cell transplant. She just turned 8 years old. Her birthday is 12/20/2013. On December 17th 2013 Her family was given the devastating news. The following post was made to her Facebook informational page.

“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 candles 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.”

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Susan Berube
January 15 2014
*** Laney Update ***
Copied post from Delaney's Mom
These past two days I have been trying to focus on Jacob and Kylee. This last year has been hard on them as well. They are back in school and are doing well. We started to get back into the swing of all their extracurricular activities that
 have gotten wiped from our calendars since Laney was diagnosed. 
I have been trying to keep my mind busy because every time my mind wanders it wanders right to Laney and I get sad. I have been trying to pray for strength especially for Jacob and Kylee. I'm still really angry at God right now but hope he hears my prayers anyway. 
I also have been doing some research. One thing that I did not do after Laney was diagnosed was goggle the statistics of her disease because I felt like if I did then I won't have hope. I searched for how much of our federal money goes into pediatric cancer research. I came up with an amount of 58 million. That seems like a lot of money till you realize the total budget for cancer research from our government is over 9 billion dollars. That means for every dollar given to cancer research, they cut a penny in half an give that to our kids. It that insane or is it just me!! Now my numbers may not me 100% accurate because I'm not the best when it comes to finding things on the web. So I was going to ask if you all could find me some numbers of your own as to how much funding pediatric cancer gets? Since Team Laney reaches far beyond our nations borders into many different countries, I was wondering what other countries provide to their sick kids?
Then I decided to look and see what research studies used that 58 million. I was specifically looking for Laney's rare disease of AML with monosomy 7. I could not find one study in the past year done on her disease! That's not failing, that's not even trying to find a cure. So I want to ask if you search her disease can you find any done? Even in other countries? 
That is so disheartening. Children don't do anything to their bodies to deserve cancer and we are giving them pennies to fight it. Just sad 
I think Laney was deserving of at least one research study in a years time even if it's rare.
Missing her beautiful smile....

Posted on January 9, 2014 by Susan Berube
January 9 2014
*** Laney Update ***
Copied post from Delaney's Mom
It has been two weeks since you left us and I still don't believe it's true. I keep feeling like you are playing one of your pranks on me. I feel like your just playing hide and seek and that I just can't find you even thou I search for you
 for hours. I'm not going to lie I feel broken and my faith shaken. The only solace I have is hearing your voice that I recorded the week before you left. I haven't dreamt about you but that doesn't stop me from begging God to give me that gift every night before I close my eyes. Time hasn't made it easier, my heart just grows emptier with the days. I look at your smiling face in pictures and wish I could just touch it one last time. I miss you so badly Laney :'-( 
Love ya, Love ya, Mom

Posted on January 2, 2014 by Susan Berube
January 2 2014
*** Laney Update ***
Copied post from Delaney's Mom
Grief is horrible thing. Every morning when I open my eyes I have to come to the realization that she is no longer here. Throughout the day I go through every emotion of the grieving cycle, anger, sadness, etc.... By the time I lay my head down I'm emotionally drained an yet I know when my eyes open the next day, I have the exact same mental anguish to go through again. 

Today I will be venturing out to look for a headstone for her. Making her death even more of a reality. I remember when her and I would go shopping for shoes and cute outfits and how happy we were doing that. Now the very last thing I have to buy you is a stone. My last gift to you will be a pretty as you were. Wonder if they come in pink??
Missing you always!!!

Posted on January 2, 2014 by Susan Berube
January 2 2014
*** Laney Update ***
Copied post from Delaney's Mom
Grief is horrible thing. Every morning when I open my eyes I have to come to the realization that she is no longer here. Throughout the day I go through every emotion of the grieving cycle, anger, sadness, etc.... By the time I lay my head down I'm emotionally drained an yet I know when my eyes open the next day, I have the exact same mental anguish to go through again. 

Today I will be venturing out to look for a headstone for her. Making her death even more of a reality. I remember when her and I would go shopping for shoes and cute outfits and how happy we were doing that. Now the very last thing I have to buy you is a stone. My last gift to you will be a pretty as you were. Wonder if they come in pink??
Missing you always!!!

Posted on January 1, 2014 by Susan Berube
January 1 2014
*** Laney Update ***
Copied post from Delaney's Mom

In leaving 2013 I am also leaving a part of my heart. 2013 has been without a doubt the worst year of my life but has also given me gifts that will forever be engraved on my heart. Most parents don't get the blessing I had of spending entire days with my undivided attention on loving my child. We talked for hours and played games even if it was in a hospital room. 

My resolution this year is to make a difference just like my baby did. I may not be ready in the next day, week, or month but I will. I don't want to see babies die of cancer. I want us all to take a stand to make a difference. 
I miss my Laney so badly and I don't want another parent to feel this pain. 
Make a difference in 2014!

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Susan Berube
Delaney Brown was put to rest on December 30 2013. There has been many request for me to re-open the donation portion of this site. I will continue to copy posts from Jenn.

December 30 2013 *** Laney Update *** Copied post from Delaney's Mom
Yesterday was a Laney's public viewing. It was filled with tons of loving people sharing stories of hope and inspiration that Laney had brought them. Her pictures flashed on multiply screens so that no matter where you were you had those bi...g blue eyes gazing at you. Today was Laney's private funeral services. All our closest family and friends gathered together to celebrate Laney's life. It was a beautiful service filled with tears and laughter. We then took Laney to her final resting place on this earth. We thanked God for putting her into our lives then said "see you later". We dropped a bed of pink roses atop her casket as tears steamed down our faces. It was so hard to leave that cemetery knowing that tomorrow would feel so empty and alone. We left and had a meal with our family then decided to go back to check on her. Just the four of us were there at her gravesite. We prayed together one last time before getting in the car. Since Laney passed I have asked her everyday to give me a sign that she's with me. I asked for her to come in my dreams or let me find a note that she had written to me that never got delivered till this moment but I have received nothing like that. As we were ready to leave the cemetery Jacob pointed to the sky and said "look at that cloud". As we all looked up, there it was. It was our sign. In the clouds over her gravesite was alligator. I rushed to take a picture before it dissolved away.  Little things like that will continue to show me that she's okay. I imagine tomorrow will be hard as well. Tomorrow will be the first day we wake up and don't have a task to do or a ceremony to plan. It will fill empty just like my heart does right now. Please continue to pray for strength for myself and my family

Posted on December 25, 2013 by Susan Berube
December 25 2013
*** Laney Update ***
Copied post from Delaney's Mom
My heart breaks right now. Our little angel on earth earned her pink glittery angel wings in heaven. She took her last breath at home in her bed at 3:10 surrounded by all her family and friends. I miss her so much already.

Posted on December 23, 2013 by Susan Berube
December 23 2013
*** Laney Update ***
Copied post from Delaney's Mom
These past two days have been rough and filled with scary moments. 

As you gathered outside our house to carol we were bringing Laney home from an infusion clinic where she was getting platelets. During the infusion I notice that her fingers were blue and i asked the nurse to check her oxygen level. It was 60%! I was terrified. The nurse that volunteered to come in and open the center on her day off just for Laney was fabulous. We got ahold of the doctors and got some orders to give her Lasix (a diuretic). That seemed to work well for awhile till we got her home. I kept looking at her breathing and started to panic. I didn't know if she was getting enough oxygen and didn't have the equipment to give me the peace of mind. We made a decision and called the paramedics. As jungle bells and other carols are being sung for Laney she was surrounded by nurses and paramedics assessing her breathing. The paramedics checked her oxygen level which ended up being okay. She still requires oxygen otherwise her levels drop very fast. Her dad and I had to have the discussion as to what we would do if something would go bad quickly. Would we keep her home or take her to the hospital. That is something we really didn't talk about before but who in their right mind would want to.
Today we had the same thing happen again with her oxygen level and Laney began to panic screaming that she couldn't breath but was too scared to realize that she needed her mask on to make to better. She looked like a deer in headlights. Flashbacks of her face when she was hallucinating flashed through my head. I was trying to stay calm on the outside but was freaking out on the inside. My mom looked like she was going to cry as Laney resisted putting her mask back on. I thank God that I am a nurse and have a nurse as my best friend who just happened to be here when it happened. Between the two of us we were able to calm her down enough to get her mask on and get her levels up. 
We then talked to the hospice nurse about breathing treatments to help her more. She called the doctor tonight and got the orders. We gave her first dose not to long ago and she looks so much more peaceful now. She doesn't seem to be struggling as much as before. And even talked to us and opened her eyes afterward which she really hasn't been doing to much of. For the first time in the past couple days her breathing almost looks normal. 
Please continue to say strong prayers for a miracle. We have not lost hope and never will. God bless.

Posted on December 21, 2013 by Susan Berube
December 21 2013
*** Laney Update ***
Copied post from Delaney's Mom
Last night Laney felt pretty good. She didn't need to much medication over night but this morning when she woke up she had a good amount of nausea. We got it under control enough for her to cross another item off her bucket list.... she wanted to be a baby sitter. We had a friend of the family bring over their 7 week old baby for Laney to "take care of". She fed him and sang him lullabies. She rubbed his little belly while he slept. She honestly didn't want to give him back that is until he pooped. She adores babies so this brightened up her morning greatly. Following that she began to get sicker. Her nausea was causing her to cry out and all I could do in that moment was cry. The fabulous birthday that i envisioned in my head didn't come to light. Laney didn't get to blow out her candles or enjoy time with her friends because of how terrible she felt. I texted the NP and she called me and walked me through what I should do to make her feel better.... thank God! We wrapped up her cake and she will blow out her candles whenever she is feeling good enough to truly enjoy it. And her friends are on call to come back over and celebrate as well. It is so upsetting to see her like that. After we got that under control Laney got to fulfill another one of bucket list items..... to talk to Taylor Swift!!! Laney was so nervous to talk to her because she is such a "famous celebrity". I was actually worried that when Taylor Facetimed her that she would be to scared to talk but Taylor was fabulous!! She really engaged Laney in conversation. Laney lit up and had a huge smile on her face. I can't thank Taylor enough for taking time out from her family to make Laney's birthday very memorable. We will hold that memory in our hearts forever. 
Kylee had a good birthday too. She did end up spending time with her friends at The Works with her aunt so that Laney could rest quietly. She also had a jungle theme to her half of the birthday which included a visit from a real live lemur and a little monkey thing (but I can't remember the name of it). She loved it. 
We then got a citation from The House of Representatives declaring Delaney as an ambassador of hope and the inspiration of a united community in West Reading. She has touch so many hearts and brought so much good into this world that they wanted to recognize her for her achievement. They also are developing a bill that will provide more funding to childhood cancer research in Laney's name. I don't have much information on that yet but if it means that one less child suffers and one less family experiences the heartbreak our family has been dealing with then it will be such a beautiful thing.
Thank you all for respecting our privacy during this time as well. Everyone has been so respectful when coming to house to drop things off and look at lights and we are just extremely grateful for that. We also need to thank the West Reading police department for how vigilant they have been over Laney and our family. 
Please continue your prayers. You all are amazing. God bless and good night.

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Susan Berube
December 18 2013
*** Laney Update ***
Copied post from Delaney's Mom
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 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. 

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