(10/19/2000) Aside from the sick person in question having a different name and being much older, this letter is identical to the Amy Bruce dying child hoax.
SAMPLE CHAIN LETTER TEXT
Hi, my name is Rhyan Desquetado.I am 23 years old,from Coca-cola 3D CDO Plant PD Dept. and I have severe lung cancer from second hand smoke. I also have a large tumor in my brain, from repeated beatings. The 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 name on this list.
For those of you who send this along, I thank you so much, but for those who don't send it, what goes around comes around. Have a Heart, please send this to everyone on your buddy list.
As for the name change, I have a couple of theories. Most likely, some wisecracker got the letter and decided to see if he/she could get us much sympathy as a 7 year-old child. He or she changed the name and age, then sent it on, probably as a joke.
Another theory is that it is a practical joke, or a dose of revenge on Rhyan Desquetado. Several years on the 'net has taught us that one sure way to make somebody's life miserable is to put their name (and e-mail address if you want to be really cruel) on a heart-ripping plea for help and start it flying.
No matter what the reason behind the change, this message is no more true for Rhyan Desquetado than it was for Amy Bruce. Break this Chain!