Coquitlam RCMP are investigating what appears to be a heartless scam.
We have told you about 6 year old Joshua Weekes, who is in BC Children’s Hospital finishing his third round of chemotherapy while he suffers from an aggressive form of leukemia, and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant to live.
While Joshua’s mother Lea Weekes and her family search for a donor, Weekes tells Global News she fears someone has taken advantage of their situation.
“On May the 7th, my husband’s cousin and her mom were grocery shopping in Coquitlam at the Superstore, and they came across a table set up with Joshua’s face plastered on posters in front of the store… asking for money.”
Weekes says she went to the store to talk to the woman at the table, who claimed her name was Kathleen and works for Canadian Blood Services.
But David Patterson with Canadian Blood Services confirmed with Global News that the woman does not work, or volunteer, for their organization.
“We do not solicit funds from any individuals, so you will never see an authorized person from Canadian Blood Services at a mall soliciting funds, outside a grocery store. You won’t see that.”
“Kathleen” did email transfer Weekes $850 and told her she’d only ever been to one store, however Weekes says that does not seem to be the whole story, saying she learned there had been four occasions, including the one at the grocery store.
Weekes says she hopes the public will still donate their bone marrow to find a match for Joshua, and that something can be done so that this doesn’t happen again.
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