(7/27/2001) The only thing worse than an old hoax is a recycledold hoax. Amy Bruce's identity crisis continues as her "forward this to pay for my operation" chain letter takes on yet another personality.
SAMPLE CHAIN LETTER TEXT
Hi, my name is LaNisha Jackson. I am 8 years old, 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, God bless you just the same. Have a Heart, please send this.
Please, if you are a kind person, send this on. PLEASE HIT FORWARD BUTTON "NOT REPLY BUTTON" Thank you.
END CHAIN LETTER TEXT
Except for the name and age, this chain is identical to the Amy Bruce hoax. This one is also a little nicer to those who don't send it. Beyond those difference everything else is no truer for LaNisha Jackson than it was for Amy Bruce over three years ago.
The Make-A-Wish foundation wants it known widely that they do not conduct or participate in e-mail campaigns like this one. For every one of these letters that circulates, they must devote a considerable about of time, money and resources to answer all of the calls for verification. These chains are more than just hoaxes, they keep good people from doing valuable work. Whenever you see an organization like Make-A-Wish, the Cancer Society or any other charity mentioned in this type of chain, do the world a favor and break it.