Allegations claim that Tracy Dart a well-known Seattle woman who raised over 400K for breast cancer research never had cancer.
During her campaigns, the woman said that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer three times but she survived. Her story convinced many business owners and community members to raise money for Susan G Komen, a non-for-profit group which fights to end breast cancer. But recent reports say that Dart might have used part of the money to her own benefit.
For years, Dart appeared on local television and radio shows telling her story. In 2012, she said in an interview that she was first diagnosed with the life-threatening condition when she was just 33 years old. She said that she narrowly escaped death because she was allowed to take new drugs that would not have existed if it weren’t for the funding provided by Susan G. Komen for cancer research.
She added that Komen’s efforts and money literally saved her life.
When Dart was contacted to comment on the recent allegations she did not immediately confirm them, but she told reporters that she would release a statement Feb. 1. But Monday she apparently changed her mind.
A spokesperson for Komen recently said in a public statement that Dart apparently has not received cancer treatment at all. Komen was contacted by a leader of Dart’s fundraising team who told them that a family member said that the woman never had breast cancer. According to the non-profit, Dart’s team raised for them over $400,000, while she alone raised about $30,000.
But there were more events that raised money for Dart’s cause. Five years ago, a campaign collected over $7,000 to help her battle the disease. Organizers said that all of the money reached Dart’s pockets to help her with living and cancer treatment expenses.
Auburn Volkswagen, another fundraiser, told reporters that they heard about the allegations on Friday from a member of Dart’s fundraising team. The person was very secretive and wanted to speak with a leader in person. At first, the business thought that Dart might be in a critical state.
But that person just wanted to tell them that the woman had never been diagnosed with cancer. Auburn Volkswagen reportedly invested thousands of dollars in Dart’s cause. Plus, they even allowed her to use a vehicle at no expense for one year.
The Seattle police have yet to reply to a request for comment on the case.
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