Looks like faking cancer is now some kind of horrific trend sweeping the nation. After the 42-year-old woman from Virginia and the bride from New York were recently busted for allegedly faking fatal illness, now comes news that 19-year-old Angie Gomez -- who was treated to her own prom by her high school after missing the school's dance due to alleged illness -- has been arrested and charged with starting a fake charity after falsely claiming to be suffering from leukemia. Craaazy!
What's really sad is that the "Achieve the Dream Foundation" she set up attracted donations from her fellow students. Donations and gifts that added up to more than $17K! And now? Anyone who bought Gomez's story is probably at least somewhat scarred by the experience. How could you not be?!
Gomez's attorney Sheldon Myers claims that his client had "good intentions" for the money and did, in fact, suffer from health problems as a child. But that doesn't really matter now, does it?
Sadly, this young woman's alleged scam -- along with the other recent, similar ones making headlines -- could really desensitize people to the actual suffering of people who really do have cancer. Make them think that they have to second-guess or question someone who is raising donations for the disease. How absolutely horrible. And that said, anyone "faking cancer" for sympathy, attention, or to make quick money isn't only cheating those who fall for their felonies. Their scams are basically a huge slap in the face to true cancer patients and survivors.
It's deeply unnerving to think that there are people out there who are so disturbed that they'll take advantage of others' generosity, sympathy, unconditional kindness. But that's not all -- they're actually putting legitimate charity for cancer at risk. Awful. With hope, Gomez's story puts an end to this worrisome "trend."
Here's the ABC News report on Gomez ...
Does it worry you that these fake cancer scams desensitize people to true suffering?
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