August 12, 2010

Young Woman Fakes Terminal Cancer to Raise Money for Herself

Filed under: cancer — Tags: , , , , — drwatson @ 4:28 pm

Ashley Kirilow, a 23 year old woman will be facing multiple charges of fraud under $5,000. The young woman from Ontario, Canada allegedly faked having terminal cancer in order to raise money for herself. Kirilow shaved her head and plucked her eyebrows to make it look as if she really was dying.

Kirilow was eventually caught when her father asked about her treatments at the hospital. Although he had his suspicions, it was not until the news from the hospital that he could confront his daughter and reveal what was really happening.

What is truly unfortunate is that many people gave generously in the belief that their money was going to be donated to help fund cancer research. Some people who were unaware that Kirilow was faking her illness even offered to help her collect funds. Now these people, who were only trying to help what they believed to be a good cause, are receiving death threats and other hate mail.

Other victims of Kirilow’s actions have to include all cancer research centers and any cancer treatment or cancer help centers. When someone uses donations for charity for their own personal gains, it always leaves many worried about donating.  Kirilow’s actions may cause hesitation among those wishing to donate to cancer charities.

As Kirilow is set to appear in court, she will do so without the support of her family. Her father says that they are unable to support her and the acts she has committed, no matter how much they’d like to.

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