She just wanted to get the dying child
a football from the team.
He was dying, and the team rallied to help him:
He could have been anyone’s little brother: A football-loving 9-year-old with a brave grin and a fatal case of leukemia. As his story percolated through the local news and radio station, it touched no one more than the football team at Eagle Valley High School. Players signed a football for Alex. They pasted A’s to their helmets. They donned orange knee socks to commemorate the cancer ravaging his body. A Facebook page in his honor collected hundreds of supporters.Read more: Colorado Town, United by Dying Boy’s Plight, Discovers Baffling Hoax, The New York Times>>
And when word spread late last month that Alex had died, the grief was real.
Trouble was, Alex was not.
At the end of this article, from the town where the hoax was perpetrated, journalist Pam Boyd explains how she was duped:
As I look back, I keep coming back to the question I asked myself from the beginning. “They don't want any money, and who would make up a story like this?”“Alex” story was a hoax. Police are investigating tale of cancer-striken child faked by Avon woman, Eagle Valley Enterprise>>
The photo is by photographer Irving Penn from a 2002 Vogue magazine.