Eight-year-old Laney Brown will never see Christmas again. Her doctors say leukemia will take her soon. Laney loves music. Loves to dance, loves Taylor Swift, loves Christmas carols. As her dying wishes, she asked to meet the country superstar and for some people to come by her house for a night of caroling, CNN affiliate WFMZ reported.
On Friday -- her birthday -- Laney and Swift video chatted through FaceTime, a software application that allows callers to see each other on Apple products. Saturday night the singers came. At first it was hundreds of people, then thousands. Then it was 10,000. They came to her home in West Reading, Pennsylvania, and even though she was too weak to go to the window, she heard the wonderful music.
Eight-year-old Laney Brown will never see Christmas again. Her doctors say leukemia will take her soon. As her dying wishes, she asked to meet Taylor Swift and for some people to come by her house for a night of caroling.
According to the Team Laney page, Laney was nervous at first, but Swift engaged her and made her more comfortable. “Taylor was fabulous!! She really engaged Laney in conversation. Laney lit up and had a huge smile on her face,” the Team Laney page states. On the Team Laney page, the family thanked Swift “for taking time out from her family to make Laney's birthday very memorable. We will hold that memory in our hearts forever.”
Taylor Swift is this year's top celebrity do-gooder. The singer has topped nonprofit website DoSomething.org's list of the most charitable stars of 2013.
Swift, who earned the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive year, was lauded for donating $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony on her 24th birthday, and also for headlining the Winter Whites gala in London, which benefited a charity that helps homeless youth (and where she sang onstage with Prince William and Jon Bon Jovi).
The list’s number 2 spot is occupied by the benevolent heartthrobs of One Direction, who began 2013 by volunteering as a group in Ghana under the auspices of Comic Relief. Individual group members, too, have shown big charitable impulses; DoSomething says that Harry Styles and Liam Payne raised over $800,000 for cancer research this year as well. top 5.
Taylor Swift meets in September with Grace Markel, 7, a fan who was badly injured after being struck by a speeding car while on the way to see an earlier Swift show. Swift’s donations to charity ranked her No. 1 on a list of celebrity giving. See the full list below:
1. Taylor Swift 2. One Direction 3. Beyoncé 4. Paul Walker 5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 6. Sandra Bullock 7. Kerry Washington 8. Ian Somerhalder 9. Ryan Seacrest 10. Carrie Underwood 11. Jennifer Lawrence 12. Alicia Keys 13. Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul 14. Miley Cyrus 15. Demi Lovato 16. Blake Shelton 17. Mindy Kaling 18. Kevin Durant 19. Kendrick Lamar 20. Justin Bieber
Taylor Swift is a much-loved lady in Tennessee, y'all! In fact, on Dec. 28, The Tennessean named the 24-year-old country-pop singer as 2013's Tennessean of the Year.
Swift wasn't born a Southern belle (her family moved to Middle Tennessee when she was 14 to pursue her music career), but as the Nashville paper notes, she has "become a worldwide ambassador for Tennessee's capital city, an example to millions of young (and not-so-young) people of how to turn damaged feelings into healing creativity, and a financial booster to some of the city's most important institutions."
In October 2013, thanks to Swift's $4 million gift, the Taylor Swift Education Center opened at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Museum. Per The Tennesseean, the center includes three classrooms, a learning lab and in 2014, will include an interactive exhibit gallery, giving the museum seven times more space for education. Swift also donated $100,00 to the Nashville symphony on her 24th birthday, Dec. 13, and has for the second year in a row been named DoSomething.org's most charitable celebrity.
"For her to believe in us, the hometown institutions, and to be focused on Nashville speaks volumes," said Kyle Young, the director and chief executive officer of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. "How often do you think she's approached to do things, all over the world? So it means so much for her to believe in us and think that investments here would help the city she clearly cares so much about."