Alleged Cancer Faker Gets Attention of Different�Sort
When I first heard this story on the news tonight, I immediately turned on my computer and knew what my next post would be about. I had been thinking about what I should write for the letter "D", and the word disgusted just popped into my mind. I had just written a post about Cancer, so the topic was still fresh in my mind, what this woman did really hit home.
For someone to fake being sick to get a day off school or work is understandable, everyone has done it at one time or another. But to pretend that you are terminally ill and close to death to scam people out of their money, that is really disgusting. Supposedly she called her family in 2009 to tell them she had bone cancer, needed a bone marrow transplant and asked them all to be tested for a match. Her father called the hospital that she mentioned, only to find that they knew nothing about her.
Since this story emerged, there has been much discussion about why someone would even think of doing something so dishonest and immoral. Ashley's reason to her father was that she did it to hurt him and her mother. She has told newspapers and others that she wanted the attention, needed the money and plans on paying back every cent.
She had so many people fooled. She went so far as to shave her head, eye brows and twease her lashes out to look like someone going through chemotherapy treatments. Ashley found her victims on Facebook, where she was involved in a non-profit organization called "Change for Cancer". She is now in custody awaiting a bail hearing, which when it comes, it appears there is no one to pay it. Her family wants nothing to do with her anymore.
I find the saddest and most disappointing thing about this, is that other people that have legitimate illnesses or needs may not be helped now, as hearts become hardened by one bad apple's deeds. Please don't let situations like this stifle your basic human need to want to help others that are in distress. If you do, she and others like her end up winning.
As I was looking for updates to this story, I found another article that was deeply disturbing and disgusting. Buffalo Police pulled over a man on sunday night for running a stop sign. They could hear a cat meowing in the trunk, so they asked him to open it. Inside was a cat "marinating" in oils, onions and peppers. An alive 4 year old cat named Navarro. He was planning on cooking him and eating him!
I just thank God that those "angel officers" were there to rescue him! Navarro is now up for adoption and that evil man has been charged with Animal Cruelty. I don't understand what some people are thinking. Maybe that's the problem, they aren't.
UPDATE: August 12, 2010
Ashley Kirilow was initially charged with three counts of fraud under $5000. Yesterday while she was in court another charge was added, fraud over $5000. This charge stems from an incident in 2009 where a Real Estate Agent raised thousands of dollars to help her with expenses due to her fake cancer. Her family was still abscent from the courtroom, but there were a few supporters in attendance. No one has yet to post her bail, however a Newmarket man may be interested in being her surety. He is a blacksmith and a father that feels that something is wrong with the tough love that she is getting from her parents. He feels that she should be under the care of doctors instead of being in jail.