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‘Annakay Brown’ Make-A-Wish Foundation Charity Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen

Supposedly, you can help 13-year-old Annakay Brown pay for life-saving medical treatment just by sending on a message about her.  

The message explains that Annakay has severe lung cancer as well as a large tumour caused by repeated beatings. According to the message,  young Annakay will die soon if she does not receive medical treatment but her family can’t pay the bills.

But, supposedly, all is not lost because the Make-A-Wish Foundation has agreed to donate 7 cents every time the message is sent to another person.

However, the message is just a nasty hoax that has been circulating in various forms for decades. From time to time, a new version with a new name for the supposedly ill child begins circulating.

The claims in these hoax messages are complete nonsense. The case described is fictional. And, the Make-A-Wish Foundation certainly will not donate money to help sick children based on how many times a message is shared.

The Foundation has repeatedly dismissed such messages as hoaxes,  and now notes on its website that:

From time to time, Make-A-Wish® and its supporters fall victim to scams that illegally make use of the good name and trademarks of Make-A-Wish. As a matter of policy, Make-A-Wish does not participate in chain letterstelemarketing or sweepstakes activities.

In fact, the Annakay Brown message is just a mutated variant of a very old hoax message that used the name Amy Bruce. As the following example shows, the two versions are almost identical except for the name and age of the supposedly ill child.

Hi, my name is Amy Bruce. I am 7 years old, and I have severe lung cancer. I also have a large tumor in my brain, from repeated beatings. Doctors say I will die soon if! this isn’t fixed, and my family can’t pay the bills. The Make A Wish Foundation, has agreed to donate 7 cents for every time this message is sent on.

The Amy Bruce hoax was circulating as far back as 1999. And, since then, there have been dozens of new versions that feature different names for the child. All versions are equally nonsensical.

Sending on these absurd hoaxes will do nothing whatsoever to help any sick children.  
  Hoaxes like these do nothing more than cause trouble for our charitable organizations. Charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation have to devote valuable resources to answering queries about their supposed involvement.

Keep in mind that any message that claims that a charity such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation or a company such as Facebook will donate money based on how many times the message is shared is certain to be a hoax. No charity or business is ever likely to participate in such a ridiculous, haphazard, and unmanageable fund-raising scheme.

If you receive one of these hoax messages, please delete it without sharing and ensure that you let the sender know its true status.

An example of the hoax message:

Hi, my name is Annakay Brown. I am 13 years old, and I have severe lung cancer. I also have a large tumor in my brain, from repeated beatings. Doctors say I will die soon if this isn’t fixed, and my family can’t pay the bills.
The Make A Wish Foundation has agreed to donate 7 cents for every time this message is sent on.”


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