Police in Suffolk County has arrested a 21 year-old girl for faking cancer, and then using thousands of dollars she received in donations to spend on heroin.
Brittany Ozarowski had written on her blog that she was suffering from bone cancer, which had spread to her spine and brain:
‘Let me begin by introducing myself, my name is Brittany and I am 20 years old. In March of 2011 I was in a terrible car accident where I sustained multiple injuries as follows: I shattered my right femoral head, fractured my right femur, fractured my pelvis, dislocated and fractured my S.I joint in my back, collapsed my right lung, had 20 staples in my head, fractured my L1, L3, and L5 in my spine and shattered my L2. I have nerve damage and severe muscle abnormalities throughout my body. In September of 2011 I was diagnosed with stage two ovarian cancer as well as stomach cancer. After multiple treatments of both radiation and chemotherapy I had beaten cancer as of December 2011.
‘I was cancer free until they had found a tumor on my left hip in February 2012. That is when I found out that I have bone cancer. The cancer has spread to my spine as well as my brain. So once again I was in need of radiation treatments as well as chemotherapy treatments. This time the medicine was much more expensive and my family had already liquidated all assets since September. I have tried to receive financial help from many different charities, catholic charities, cancer organizations, and organizations of all types for that matter. It is very hard to receive financial help. The treatments are about $33,000 each day and although my doctor has been incredible with helping my family financially I am still short. I have set up donation jars around my town in hopes of getting help from the community. Many places will not help with fundraising to individuals only organizations. I have very few options left and I am still in desperate need of treatments.
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No donation is too big nor too small, anything at all would help greatly. If there is anyway you can help to donate anything or help with fundraising it would be greatly appreciated very much by both my family and I. Thank you very much for taking your time to read my story.’
According to police, Brittany even succeeded to scam her family members of thousands: Her father cleaned out an IRA to give her $25,000, and a grandmother sold her house to donate $100,000 for nonexistent treatments at Sloan-Kettering.
But her real affliction is heroin addiction. ‘There was no cancer, no chemotherapy, no radiation, and no medical bills. There was just heroin,’ police said.
See how far drug addicts can go.