Ashley Kirilow ran a cancer scam and raised money for a bogus charity.
Ashley Kirilow admits to cancer scam. Ashley Kirilow ran a bogus charity to collect thousands of dollars from people. The people who gave Ashley Kirilow money were scammed, because they thought she was dying.
Kirilow, 23, shaved her head and eyebrows, plucked her eyelashes, and starved herself to look like she was going through chemotherapy treatments. She befriended different local groups and recruited volunteers to help her organize events and benefit concerts in her own honor. She even convinced a cancer awareness organization to fly her to Disney World.
The Disney World trip was funded by Skate4Cancer. She begged them for the trip and said it would fulfill what her dying wish. All told, she raised almost $20,000.
Moreover, her charity was never registered with tax authorities. However, she is sorry for what she has done. “I was trying to be noticed. I was trying to get my family back together. I didn’t want to feel like I’m nothing anymore. It went wrong, it spread like crazy, and then it seemed like the whole world knew,” Ashley Kirilow said in a statement.