|Fake Cancer for Boob Job
Art © Pam Stephan
Jami Lynn Toler, a 27-year old Arizona woman, told people that she had breast cancer. After successfully raising a bit more than $8,300, she handed over the money to a plastic surgeon, who performed "a standard boob job."
Toler told her cancer story to her family and co-workers, saying she would need a double mastectomy and immediate reconstruction, as treatment for her breast cancer. Apparently she did not consult an oncologist nor a general surgeon, and has not had a breast biopsy. She wanted a breast augmentation - not a double mastectomy - and since she had no insurance, turned to Hallmark Hospice for help with fund raising and participated in several events that provided more than the $7,800 that she originally requested. When medical records showed that she had never had cancer and had indeed used the funds for non-medically necessary cosmetic surgery, she was arrested and charged with fraud and theft.
Will Toler get to enjoy her new curves from behind bars? Or will she have to surrender her implants? Perhaps she will have to repay the funds that she fraudulently obtained, as well as serve some time for pretending to have a deadly disease and receiving funds as a result. And, I wonder what she told her plastic surgeon before the augmentation procedure - make me look expensive?
Cancer fraud is a nasty exploitation of caring people who are willing to give money to help others who claim to be fighting a life-threatening disease. In previous cases, such as Brian Bonniwell - faked male breast cancer, and Ashley Anne Kirilow - faked treatment side effects by self-mutilation; these frauds played on the sympathies of people who gave up their time, money, goods, services, and sympathy. Even worse, people who fake cancer in any way are hurting those of us who actually do suffer from cancer - any type of cancer - and need help with bills. Cancer treatment is very costly and insurance doesn't cover 100% of the expenses. Many people don't have health insurance, which makes a cancer diagnosis a double disaster. Burned once or twice by a cancer faker, generous everyday people may never help with fund-raising again. That's what hurts survivors most - the betrayal of public trust creates an atmosphere of skepticism that makes many of us hide our wallets when somebody cries "I have cancer!" Those patients and their families who are genuinely in need may suffer because of the cancer fraud perpetrated by folks like Toler, who wanted money for breast implants - not breast cancer. For shame! Enjoy the curves, Jami Lynn, and hope to Heaven that you never really do get breast cancer - because in young women, it can be very very aggressive.
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