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(8/18/2003) Most sick child chain letters floating around these days are just re-works of older hoaxes. This one is an amalgam of several, with a lot of guilt-evoking admonishments thrown in for good measure.
In 1998 (perhaps even earlier) an urgent letter began hitting e-mail inboxes asking for your help to raise money for Amy Bruce, who was apparently dying of cancer. Some time later, another letter began circulating, pleading for your assistance to save the life of Jessica Mydeck, who was also (supposedly) dying of cancer. Both promised that a charitable organization would donate a small sum toward the girl's treatment for every person the note was forwarded to.
Many of us are skeptical of such claims, but forward them on because we see no harm in doing so. But these hoaxes do hurt. Each year, the Children's Make A Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society and other organizations have to divert hundreds of man-hours to combat questions that arise as a result of these lies. In a statement on their web site regarding the Jessica Mydeck letter, the ACS denies any involvement in any e-mail campaign: "The American Cancer Society does not endorse fundraising efforts using chain letters of any kind."
If that's not convincing enough, consider this: What the letter claims is impossible. There is absolutely no way a third party is able to monitor what you do with a message. Think about it... would you even want this to be true: A third party, with whom you've likely never done business, is suddenly able to peer into your e-mail program and see who you send what message to? It's a frightening concept that is often hidden by the glow of good feelings we get from thinking we're doing a good thing.
So, don't feel bad about deleting this chain or any other like it. It doesn't make you a heartless, uncaring monster, it just makes you someone who thinks before you act. Break this chain.
Category: For the Kids