Miss Pennsylvania accused of taking money for faked cancer treatment

A fact of life – People lie. And they lie about really awful things, like having cancer.

Authorities accuse Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates, Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International, of casting aside those attributes and faking cancer in an elaborate scheme that raised thousands of dollars.

Weaver-Gates lead everyone to believe that she had been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in March 2013.

In the years since, she took part in fundraisers to pay for her treatment. Police told CNN affiliate WJAC the most recent event was held in April and raised $14,000.

Source: Police: Pennsylvania beauty queen jailed after faking cancer – CNN.com

But she’d never been under doctor’s care for leukemia even though she was driven to a hospital for “treatment”. The police received an anonymous tip. She is being detained for felony counts of theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

Recently, Belle Gibson was revealed as lying about her cancer and subsequent “cure” from which she profited through book sales.

Some will lie to get drug money. Some have psychological disorders and will perpetuate the lie especially over the Internet. Some will even use children to lie (and here and here and you can bet there are many more who haven’t been caught.Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 2.25.38 PM

  4 comments for “Miss Pennsylvania accused of taking money for faked cancer treatment

  1. August 12, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Regarding people and their fake illnesses who post online, many of them are “cyberchondriacs” and not necessarily suffering from Munchausen’s. Usually you can tell who they are because their subject line will be something dramatic like “Someone please help me!!” Unlike people with Munchausen’s, they don’t copy their symptoms from books or anywhere else, they really believe every ache, every pain, every bowel movement (yes, often in great detail), every itch or what-have-you is an indication that they have an as-of-yet undiagnosed chronic disease. They will pick one hallmark symptom of, say, an autoimmune disease, and then proceed to join disease forums and hijack threads for attention.

    They usually don’t believe any doctor they’ve seen (and they’ve usually seen many), have a penchant for quack cures and conspiracy theories about how they became ill, and staunchly resist any and all attempts to discuss their symptoms in any rational manner. Challenges to their veracity are met with personal attacks. The worst forums are those whose moderators make no attempt to reign in any of this disruptive behavior.

    I can only imagine what the effect on the doctors they’ve seen has been. I think folks like this make it harder for people who are truly sick to persist in obtaining a diagnosis when the cause of their illness is not immediately evident (or initial tests come back negative). Unfortunately, a vocal minority can ruin things for everyone else.

  2. Marissa Dupage
    August 13, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    This is very sad. It seems as though some people will say or do anything to win a beauty pageant. Miss Teen Illinois Danielle Kaczanowski for MAC Pageants (Miss American Coed) told judges she graduated in 3 years and did all types of volunteer service that she didn’t do. This is wrong on many levels. No crown is worth compromising values over. Unless you have NONE!

  3. Sk3ptik0
    August 13, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    My wife actually suffers from some sort of autoimmune disease (TBD) and because of those people she not only has had a real hard time finding information online because she has to sort through all the bullshit, but doctors tend to dismiss people that show up at their door claiming to have such a disorder even if another doctor diagnosed it.

    She had to change health care providers when she lost her job (because she was too sick to work, go figure) and basically it took her over a year to get back to the point she was at with her previous medical team (it wasn’t easy there either, but at the time we didn’t know what she had at all, just that she spent on average 6 days a week in bed and had migraines for days on end).

    In the meantime, the new doctors were obsessing about her pain regimen and spent the entire year trying to change her pain meds, making the whole thing much worse. Eventually, they had to put her back on the exact same prescription she had before.

    In fact, that was a comedy of errors based entirely on bigotry. First they told her she would never be put on opiates again because they clearly suspected she was a “drug seeker”. The fact that she was under the care of one of the best pain Clinic in the country since 1994, had no weight on their judgement. Then after trying a bunch of non opiate medication and making her life truly miserable, they put her back on Opiates but a different kind. One she turned out to be violently allergic to.
    Only she and the doctors couldn’t tell where her autoimmune disease started and whatever else ended, so this allergy went undiagnosed for 5 long months of pain, no sleep and immobility.

    Now finally she is back with her old meds and they seem to have a handle on her problem, even if there isn’t an actual name associated with it yet (more tests are scheduled in the next couple of months).

    I am very sensible to both these charlatan cancer celebrities and those that make up their own illnesses online. Living with what my wife has been going through has been hard enough for me. Being her must be unbearable.

  4. Tony
    August 17, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Having no values would explain Donald Trump’s sponsorship of several beauty pageants.

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