Several businesses in Region 8 have received chain letters stating they were sent by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. KAIT contacted the Foundation and this is there response to any type of chain letter:
Thank you for taking the time to inquire about the authenticity of this e-mail chain letter. Please note that the Make-A-Wish Foundation® does not participate in chain letter or other direct solicitation wishes.
If you receive a chain letter:
- Please reply to the sender and inform him or her that the Make-A-Wish Foundation® does not participate in these kinds of wishes.
- Refer the sender and all recipients to http://www.wish.org/home/chainletters.htm
- Please do not forward the chain letter.
Each day, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® and Make-A-Wish chapters receive hundreds of inquiries regarding chain letters claiming to be associated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. As a matter of policy, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® does not conduct these types of wishes - including Internet and e-mail requests. Below are the chain letters currently circulating around the world.
Amy Bruce Chain Letter
This Internet-based chain letter claims that a 7-year-old girl named Amy Bruce, who is suffering from a brain tumor and lung cancer, will receive 7 cents from the Make-A-Wish Foundation® each time her letter is forwarded via e-mail. This request is false, and the Foundation has contacted the originator's Internet service provider to pursue the matter. Variations of this letter featuring the following names have also been circulating and are not legitimate:
Jeff DeLeon, Rhyan Desquetado, Kayla Wightman, LaNisha Jackson,
Nikisha Johnson, and Jessie Anderson
Craig Shergold Chain Letter
In 1989, a then 9-year-old boy named Craig Shergold wanted to be recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for receiving the most greeting cards. His wish was fulfilled by another wish-granting organization not associated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. His wish was fulfilled in 1990 after receiving more than 16 million cards. Craig is now a healthy college student, and he has requested an end to the mail. Mail that is received is forwarded to a recycling center. This chain letter continues to circulate under a variety of names, including:
Craig Sheldon, Craig Sheppard,
Craig Shelton, and Craig Shelford
The chain letters may contain a combination of any of the above names, and the requests may be for business cards or greeting cards. The time and expense required to respond to these inquiries distracts the Foundation from its efforts of granting wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and more importantly, divulges information that is potentially harmful to a child and his or her family. Most people who forward chain letters wish to help the children that the Make-A-Wish Foundation® serves.