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article imageWoman Fakes Breast Cancer to Get Implants Special

By Carol Forsloff     Nov 13, 2009 in Crime
"Want to donate your change to breast cancer awareness?" I was asked at the Target store counter. I said yes, and gladly. But how will these campaigns be affected by the woman who lied about having breast cancer to pay for implants?
The Associated Press reported today how a Waco, Texas woman lied about having breast cancer in order to get breast enlargements. People in her community had raised $10,000 for her because they believed her story about having breast cancer. Indeed Waco authorities maintain Trista Joy Lathern went through an elaborate charade in order to present herself as a cancer patient. Not only were the authorities and the community appalled at her behavior, but Lathern's husband asked for a divorce when he learned of the deception. Lathern is, according to reports, being charged with theft by deception. Her excuse for the scam was that she wanted to save her seven-month marriage by having her breasts enlarged.
Carolyn Harrington of Natchitoches, Louisiana is a breast cancer survivor, now 4 1/2 years cancer-free. She said she was appalled when she heard the story. According to Harrington, "this could have a negative effect on raising money for breast cancer." She went on to declare, "What this woman did was simply awful in using breast cancer survivors. It is abusive. Someone who does this sort of thing should be put in jail. It's a crime. She maintained that what Lathern did was "to take advantage of cancer victims" and by doing so victimized them again.
According to cancer statistics, 1 in 8 women in the United States have a lifetime risk for breast cancer. The National Breast Cancer Foundation provides information on how to donate to help cancer research. Folks like Harrington hope the general public will continue charitable giving as there is real need for research and help for cancer victims.
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