Fake cancer patient swindles more than $20,000
Published on August 7th, 2010 | by sylv3rblade0
Cancer patients have been known to receive the best attention in terms of monetary help and moral support which is why 23-year-old Toronto resident Ashley Kirilow decided to take the mantle of “cancer survivor.”
Kirilow certainly looks the part with a shaved head, lacking brows and lashes and even a Don’t Quit tattoo on her fingers. Problem is, she really doesn’t have cancer. According to the Toronto Star, Kirilow allegedly managed to scam more than $20,000 through her charity, “Change” for the Cure.
When her father discovered her scam however, he gave her an ultimatum: confess or he’d reveal the truth. Kirilow however refused to dump her lucrative act until 17-year-old Jamie Counsell, a contributor for her “Change” For A Cure charity, posted this on his blog:
As many of you know, I have done a lot of work in the past with “Change” For A Cure. I personally raised over $1500 by running two local shows at the Sharon Hall. These shows saw so much love, and so much talent. I am writing this to inform you of some news that I am sure will raise some questions. We have been contacted by family members of Ashley Kirilow, the founder and director of “Change” For A Cure, who have told us that Ashley never had cancer. She led us to believe that she did in order to start this charity. She waxed her head and plucked her eyebrows in an attempt to look as if she was suffering the effects of chemo.
At that point Kirilow admitted to the ruse, and went into hiding. Police are in search of Kirilow but says they have no idea where she is.