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SEATTLE, Wash. – A well-known cancer advocate is under fire after she allegedly lied about having three bouts with breast cancer.
‘Komen for the Cure’ says a woman, who became a local celebrity in Seattle, never actually battled the disease.
For more than 10 years, Tracy Dart was the champion of cancer awareness.
Over the years, she presented herself as a cancer patient and survivor.
Susan G. Komen says she and her team raised more than $400,000 since 2006, and Dart even donated $28,000 herself.
Dart was extremely well-known in the community, and everyone believed she was fighting for her life.
Last, week, Susan G. Komen headquarters in Dallas says it got a call from her family, telling them Dart’s cancer was a lie.
Komen told KOMO that Dart was admitted to the hospital for some other condition, and that’s when her family told Komen they learned about the deception.
The news quickly spread to supporters.
“The first words were, ‘Tracy doesn’t have cancer.’ She’s cured, amazing! ‘No, she’s never had cancer,’ was the second words. It just blew our mind,” said Matthew Welch.
Komen insists all money raised by Team Tracy went to research and services, not Dart.