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Columbia Child Falls Victim To Fake Cancer Blog

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by Chris Conte

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - The mother of a 5-year-old boy from Columbia is trying to figure out how someone got a hold of pictures of her son, claimed he had cancer and died and then wrote a blog about the whole thing.

"My son is so innocent and happy, he's not sick at all," explained Sarah Gilliam.

Gilliam is a professional photographer and started keeping an online blog about her son Jack just after he was born.

The purpose was to keep family and friends out of state up to date about Jack's life and Gilliam thought she had locked down the privacy settings on the blog, so only those with the link could access it.

"So then last week, I got an email that said, 'I think these are your son's photos being used by a woman who says he son has cancer,"' Gilliam explained.

After some investigation, Gilliam with the help of a group known as "Warrior Eli Hoax," discovered someone had taken the photos of Jack, renamed him "Reilly" then spent 9 months blogging about his fictional battle with cancer and his eventual death, none of which were true.

"My heart sank...The reason I'm telling our story is to help warn other people about the dangers of sharing your images," she added.

As far as Gilliam can tell, whoever created the blog wasn't making any monetary profit off of the story, but she has still alerted authorities so they can look into the matter.


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