Earlier this week an Arizona woman was charged for using fundraising money to buy breast implants. She had claimed to have cancer and then went on to host a fundraiser in which she managed to raise $8000 so that she could afford breast implants. She was honest as far as making it clear that she had planned on using the funds for breast implants, the problem was that she didn’t have cancer in any form.
The ideal that anyone would claim to have cancer for the sake of vanity outrages me. Anyone who has ever sat back and watched a loved one suffer in physical and emotional pain as cancer continued to eat away at the health of the person affected should be angered at this incident. I can only hope that this woman is held accountable, though as it stands she is currently at home on an ankle bracelet.
What makes this story even worse is that she wasn’t just some woman who didn’t necessarily understand the gravity of what she was doing. This woman worked at a hospice. She had to have seen the pain and suffering of at least a few cancer patients, if not several. She took money from individuals who were giving from their hearts.
People were so giving that the kindness of others is what led to her arrest. A doctor had offered to give her 100 percent of her treatment free of cost. This ultimately led to her arrest because her employer had raised questions when she had refused treatment and then went on to notify the authorities that a possible theft had taken place.