Scammers ruin fundraising bid for cancer mum

HARRY PEARL
Last updated 05:00 18/01/2014
Jennifer Doolabh
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SCAMMED: Terminally ill mother Jennifer Doolabh with her newborn son Matthias in Waikato Hospital.

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Scammers who targeted a Hamilton mother with terminal breast cancer have thwarted legitimate fundraising attempts aimed at prolonging her life.

Jennifer Doolabh, who gave birth to her son Matthias on December 23 despite battling cancer, has been told the disease has spread to her spine and internal organs and to prepare for the worst.

She had stopped cancer treatment when she found out she was pregnant last year.

A national fundraising drive has been set up via Givealittle so that Mrs Doolabh can raise funds for alternative treatment and spend more time with her family.

But scammers who established a fake Facebook profile to solicit donations earlier this year have left some well-wishers sceptical and confused.

Tammie Drummond posted on Mrs Doolabh's profile: "This is the fake site Jennifer warned us all about"

A post from Claire Walsh said: "So long as it is going to the ‘real you' I think a lot of people would be happy to donate. Myself included [sic]."

Mrs Doolabh contacted the Waikato Times yesterday to assure people the site was genuine.

Givealittle service manager Nathalie Whitaker said the organisation had also confirmed with Mrs Doolabh that the page was endorsed by her.

She said the organisation had been approached by people who questioned the validity of the page.

"We're in the process of letting those individuals know now that it is endorsed by her."

Mrs Doolabh's health has deteriorated in the past week and she told the Times she will soon be paralysed. The cancer has spread from her breasts and is now attacking her bones and internal organs.

The family is planning a silent auction in Hamilton and have asked businesses to donate. 

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