Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fake Cancer, Raise Money

Photo ©Copyright No Surrender Breast Cancer Foundation
In the words of my dear friend, Ferne, who lost her battle with real cancer, "Sometimes you just want to sit on the floor and shake your head." Ferne died of her cancer after fighting for years and being subjected to struggling for insurance coverage because hers ran out. The Breast and Cervical Cancer Act helped her a great deal. An incredibly kind and loving boss kept her employed, even when she had to miss more days then work them. She held other patients up with her quite grace and gentle prodding to "hang in there, girl."

Ferne didn't ask for anything from anyone. She gave and gave to all who knew her. I have never known anyone like her and will never meet another angel on this earth like she was. I treasure the friendship I had with her and work every day to keep her memory and dream alive.

What does a woman who is dying of breast cancer look like? She can look like you or me. Or, she can be the cliche that  Ashley Kirilow attempted to portray in her scam to "get back at her parents for a dysfunctional childhood." Say what? Yes. Apparently, a spoiled, attention-seeking, twisted freak decided to shave her head and eyebrows and start a Facebook page to raise money to help her in her fight as she died of breast cancer. She raised over $20,000 and got a free trip to Disney World. The only problem was she doesn't have cancer, never did, and she lied to everyone she knew.

She raised $20,000 on Facebook?

I could go on and let you know what I think of this person. But, instead, I will let this list speak for itself. A list of the sisters we have lost in the last couple of years. May they rest in peace and know that they will never be forgotten. Miss Kirilow, however, will be.

Brenda
Pat
Phyllis (Wats)
Kimmy
Kelly
Mike
Stephanie
Lisa
Amy
Denise
Mena
Susan
Susie
Lani
Lori
Deb
Ferne
Kay
Dawn
Annie
Julie
Twilah
Helen
Jodi
Kari Lynn
Cindy
Erin
Kathy
Cheryl
Lisa
Laura
Mary Ellen
Mabel
Donna
Marge
Jacque
Kathy
Fran
Vicky
Carla
Chris
Shelley
Julie
Leah
Connie
Shelli
Jayne
Ruth
Elena
Jen
Peggy
Kelly
Stacey
Diane
Bev
Theresa
Luann
Donna
Kathy
Diane
Roza
Kelly
Felicia
Stacy
Mildred
June
Sadie
Ann
Emmaline
Sprite
Breezy
Kay
Kathleen
Lanie
Charlotte
Tine
Annette
Janie
Frances
Bluekitten
Momcasey
Janell
Jane
Shirl
Mary
Andee
LuAnn
Theresa
Linda
Faye
Marie
Roza
Linda
Flo
Kathy
Kat
Karen
Mavy
Raven
Cherieboop
Ann
Pam
Nancy



CANADIAN WOMAN FAKES CANCER TO RAISE MONEY FOR HERSELF
The Digital Journal
A 23-year old Canadian woman is under arrest arrest for impersonating a dying cancer patient, and bilking $20K in donations from people who bought the charade. Apparently, she wasn't that good of an actress.
Twenty-three year old Ashley Kirilow who went to extreme measures to fake having cancer, including shaving her head, starving herself and plucking her eyebrows, was arrested on Friday. The New York Daily News reports that Kirilow, of Burlington, Ontario allegedly bilked family, friends and strangers out of $20,000 for her phony charity, which she said would fund cancer research. Kirilow turned herself in on Thursday and now could face up to two years behind bars. She told the Toronto Star that she faked the illness to get back at her family for her dysfunctional childhood, which included her parents battling over her custody.
"I took it as an opportunity to make my family feel bad for how I was treated."
For over a year, she convinced volunteers to arrange benefits for her and even persuaded a cancer-awareness group to send her to Disney World. She even had her knuckles tattooed with the words "LOVE LIFE" and "WONT QUIT." The lie began in late 2008 when Ashley was treated for a benign lump in one of her breasts. After that procedure, she began telling people she not only had breast cancer, but liver cancer, stomach cancer and ovarian cancer, all at various stages and in different combinations. She told people she only had a few months to live. Kirilow said she'd like to pay back those she had taken advantage of. But as for the scammed cash, she said she'd already spent it all.
"I made a really big mistake and it's no ones fault but mine."
Everyone who gave to her did it in cash, and nobody asked for a receipt. Her charity was never registered and consisted of nothing more than a Facebook page. Over the course of a year, Ashley persuaded a legitimate Toronto-based cancer-awareness organization, led by Newmarket skateboarder Rob Dyer, to fly her to Disney World. Their response to the turn of events,
“Skate4Cancer’s involvement with Ms. Kirilow was based solely on fulfilling what the organization believed to be a legitimate final wish from a terminally ill individual.”
Ashley's friends and followers say they are shocked, betrayed and furious. But her parents are not surprised, saying the latest allegations follow a behaviour of hers since she was a child. Ashley is manipulative, craves fame, and uses people to get what she wants. Her father, Mike Kirilow, a self-employed home renovator says
“She loved playing the victim. Because it gave her control over people.”

2 comments:

Doreen said...

How disgusting! Especially in contrast with the list of our sisters and brothers who have lost their lives due to breast cancer.

Anonymous said...

Gina this just sickens me beyond words. The list of our dear friends, mothers sisters breaks my heart. If someone really would like to help please give to No Surrender Where many will be helped.