From “Leave It to Beaver” actor Tony Dow revealing his cancer diagnosis to a woman faking a cancer diagnosis to collect $100,000 in donations and a European soccer star finishing treatment, here’s what’s happening in the cancer space this week.
“Leave It to Beaver” actor receives cancer diagnosis.
Tony Dow, who played Beaver’s older brother, Wally Cleaver, in the sitcom “Leave It to Beaver” revealed this week that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
The actor, who also guest starred on “My Three Sons,” “Lassie” and “The Greatest Show on Earth,” and his wife, Lauren, announced the diagnosis on Thursday, though did not share what kind of cancer Dow had been diagnosed with. Tony and Lauren thanked fans in advance for their prayers and well wishes.
“Little Women: LA” star reveals breast cancer diagnosis.
Terra Jolé, the star and creator of the reality show, “Little Women: LA” announced on Instagram that she received a diagnosis of breast cancer after feeling a lump in her right side. Exams revealed that she had disease in both breasts, so the 41-year-old decided to have a double mastectomy.
“I didn't want that for my children, I didn't want to go through this multiple times,” Jolé said in an interview on “Good Morning America.” “So I want to take off both now and not think 'what if' in the future.”
Jolé is no stranger to shedding light on health complications. The 4-foot, 2-inches reality star has been bringing awareness to skeletal dysplasia for years.
Woman sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to faking a cancer diagnosis that led her to solicit more than $100,000 in donations.
In 2012, Amanda Riley claimed that she had Hodgkin lymphoma and started collecting donations to help cover medical expenses. Over the years, the San Jose, California, resident collected $105,513, which was all pocketed and used to for day-to-day expenses because Riley was never actually diagnosed with cancer.
“When people donated to Riley over the internet or at in-person fundraisers, they believed their donations would be used to pay Riley’s cancer-related expenses,” the U.S. attorney said in a statement. “In fact, Riley had no cancer-related expenses, and donors’ funds were simply deposited into Riley’s personal bank account.”
To keep up the ruse, Riley created a blog called “Lymphoma Can Suck It,” where she posted photos that made it seem like she was taking cancer drugs, and shaved her head to look like she had lost her hair from chemotherapy treatments. Riley, now 37 years old, even falsified medical documents.
In 2020, Riley was charged with wire fraud, which she pled guilty to. This week, she was sentenced to five years in prison and was ordered to pay restitution for the money she collected.
Professional soccer player David Brooks finishes cancer treatment.
David Brooks, a European soccer star who played for Wales and Bournemouth, announced this week that he is finished treatment for stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma and is cancer free.
"Last week I met with my specialist having reviewed my final test results. I am delighted to say the treatment was successful and I can now say that I have been given the all clear and am now cancer free,” Brooks, who plays midfield, wrote on social media.
Now, Brooks, aged 24, is focusing on returning to the sport he loves.
"I am determined to work my hardest over the months ahead and I can't wait to be back out there and playing in front of you on the pitch in the not-so-distant future.”
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