This statement may be copied or reprinted by online users.
The American Cancer Society is greatly disturbed by reports of a
fraudulent chain letter circulating on the internet which lists
the American Cancer Society as a "corporate sponsor" but which
has in no way been endorsed by the American Cancer Society.
There are several variations of this letter in circulation,
including one which has a picture of "Tickle Me Elmo" and one
that is essentially a paraphrase of the letter below.
The text of the original message reads as follows:
LITTLE JESSICA MYDEK IS SEVEN YEARS OLD AND IS SUFFERING FROM
AN ACUTE AND VERY RARE CASE OF CEREBRAL CARCINOMA. THIS
CONDITION CAUSES SEVERE MALIGNANT BRAIN TUMORS AND IS A TERMINAL
ILLNESS. THE DOCTORS HAVE GIVEN HER SIX MONTHS TO LIVE.
AS PART OF HER DYING WISH, SHE WANTED TO START A CHAIN LETTER TO
INFORM PEOPLE OF THIS CONDITION AND TO SEND PEOPLE THE MESSAGE
LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST AND ENJOY EVERY MOMENT, A CHANCE THAT
WILL NEVER HAVE. FURTHERMORE, THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY AND
SEVERAL CORPORATE SPONSORS HAVE AGREED TO DONATE THREE CENTS
TOWARD CONTINUING CANCER RESEARCH FOR EVERY NEW PERSON THAT
GETS FORWARDED THIS MESSAGE. PLEASE GIVE JESSICA AND ALL CANCER
VICTIMS A CHANCE.
IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS, SEND THEM TO THE AMERICAN CANCER
As far as the American Cancer Society can determine, the story
of Jessica Mydek is completely unsubstantiated. No
fundraising efforts are being made by the American Cancer
Society using chain letters of any kind. Furthermore, the
email address ACS@AOL.COM is inactive. Any messages to the
American Cancer Society should be instead sent through this website.
This particular chain letter with its heartbreaking story
appears to have struck an emotional chord with online users.
Although we are very concerned that the American Cancer
Society's name has been used to manipulate the online public, we
applaud the good intentions of all who participated in this
letter. We are pleased to note that there are so many caring
individuals out there and hope that they will find another way
to support cancer research. Jessica Mydek's story, whether true
or false, is representative of that of many cancer patients who
benefit daily from the efforts of legitimate cancer