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Chad Briody Charity Request Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen

Email message claims that the Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate 7 cents to help seriously ill child Chad Briody every time the message is forwarded.


HI FRIENDS, LET’S ALL HELP THIS PRECIOUS LITTLE BOY!!! HIS LIFE DEPENDS ON US!Hi, my name is Chad Briody. I am 7 years old, and I have a large tumor on my brain and severe lung cancer. The doctors say I will die soon if this isnt fixed, and my family cant pay the bills. The Make A Wish Foundation has agreed to donate 7 cents for every time this message is reposted. For those of you who repost, I thank you so much. But for those who dont repost it, I will still pray for you. Please, if you are a kind person, have a heart. Please, please, PLEASE REPOST THIS MESSAGE!

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Detailed Analysis:
This absurd message is just one more in a long line of hoaxes that try to convince recipients that money will be donated to help a sick child every time the message is forwarded.

The message claims that the Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate 7 cents to help dying 7-year-old Chad Briody every time the message is reposted. However, the Make-A-Wish Foundation does not donate money based on how many times a particular email message is forwarded, nor would any other company or charitable organization. Although they are a common feature of hoax emails, such claims are simply ridiculous. Any message that makes such claims is almost certainly a hoax and should be ignored. Even in the vastly unlikely event that a charity or other entity did agree to such an absurd fundraising scheme, there is simply no reliable way of tracking an email message that may be forwarded many thousands of times and therefore no way of accurately tallying the amount to be donated.

In any case, this plea to help “Chad Briody” is simply a rehashed version of earlier hoaxes. A very similar variation makes a virtually identical request to help 7-year-old Amy Bruce. Yet another version claims that 15-year-old Kayla Wightman is the youngster in need of assistance.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has denied any involvement in chain letter charity requests of this nature. Information on the Make A Wish Foundation website states that:

Each day, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and chapters receive hundreds of inquiries regarding chain letters claiming to be associated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As a matter of policy, the Make-A-Wish Foundation does not conduct these types of wishes – including Internet and e-mail requests.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation also has the following advise for those who receive one of these hoax-messages:

If you receive a chain letter…

Please reply to the sender and inform him or her that the Make-A-Wish Foundation does not participate in these kinds of wishes.
Refer the sender and all recipients to this page.
Please do not forward the chain letter.

Hoaxes that base themselves on a story about a sick or dying child are particularly reprehensible. The morally challenged individuals who create such hoaxes know that most decent people will want to try to help a sick child and they rely on the fact that Internet users who are unaware of such nasty ploys are likely to forward these apparent “charity” requests without too much forethought.

If you receive such a message, please do not send it to others. Do not give the sick-minded swine who start these hoaxes the satisfaction of seeing their heinous creations continue to spread. Such messages should be deleted.

Make a Wish Foundation – Chain Letter Information
Amy Bruce Charity Hoax
Kayla Wightman Charity Hoax
Other Charity Hoaxes

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