Seattle woman Tracy Dart has been saying for years she survived breast cancer three times. She even became famous for her cancer advocacy and raising over $400,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
— Sasha Goldstein (@NYCitySasha) February 1, 2016
Yet, now some are saying 41-year-old Tracy Dart never had cancer at all, and has been faking it for years. A team captain from the fundraising group “Team Tracy” contacted the Komen Foundation last week and told them a Dart family member revealed Tracy has never been diagnosed with the disease.
National Susan G. Komen spokesperson Andrea Rader said that “it appears that she (Tracy) has not been treated for cancer at all.” Another representative has also confirmed that Dart did not receive any funds directly from the organization.
Records indicate that Tracy has personally raised just over $28,500, while Team Tracy brought in approximately $414,000 since 2006. All the money went towards cancer research and community health programs.
While Dart’s family has been in contact with the Komen Foundation, they have not confirmed the allegation. They are planning to release an official statement any day now, and are currently consulting with an attorney.
A source close to the family says Tracy actually admitted to faking the cancer. After a visit to the doctor for treatment of a liver problem, no trace of cancer could be found in hospital records.
In a post written in 2012 for local Seattle news station King 5, Tracy Dart described her bogus battle.
“After my initial breast cancer diagnosis just over four years ago at the age of 33, I was fortunate to receive advanced screening and new drugs that had just been approved, due to grants and funding by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I can honestly say that the money raised through events such as the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, have saved my life.”
Dart first became involved with the Komen Foundation in memory of her aunt, who died of breast cancer at age 55. After which, she claimed to be undergoing various cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, and to have survived the disease three times.
Here's a pic of Tracy Dart, posted on her Twitter. I just spoke with her family. pic.twitter.com/QgkWr5HgWG
— Alex Rozier (@AlexRozierK5) January 31, 2016
For the past several years, numerous businesses and community members supported Dart in her fight against the disease. She managed to raise thousands of dollars for cancer research, but some of the money might have gone directly to her.
At “The Bridge” fundraising event held in 2011, more than $7,000 was donated. An individual personally involved in the event said all of these funds went to pay Dart’s living expenses, supposedly while she was receiving cancer treatment.
Faking cancer as Tracy Dart did may not be all that uncommon. As reported previously by the Inquisitr, 23-year-old Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates faked cancer and collected roughly $14,000 in donations last year. Yet, no medical records ever surfaced showing she had the disease.
Matthew Welch, owner of a Seattle car dealership, worked closely with Dart to help raise money for Team Tracy. His business gave thousands of dollars towards Dart’s cause and even let her drive a car around for a year.
Late last week, Welch spoke with a member of Team Tracy. “The first words were ‘she doesn’t have cancer’,” Welch said. ” ‘She never had cancer’ were the second words, and it just blew my mind.”
Despite the lies, Welch still sees a positive outcome.
“I would stress that so much good has come out of Team Tracy,” he added. “The real victim is the real survivors out there who are really going through the treatment.”
Former "Team Tracy" member says team dissolved when allegations spread that Tracy Dart lied about 3 bouts w cancer. pic.twitter.com/slNnNuGNi4
— Gabe Cohen (@GabeCohenKOMO) January 31, 2016
Team Tracy has since disbanded, and many of the team’s social media pages are gone. “I wouldn’t say we’re angry,” Welch said. “I would say she needs help, and I hope she gets it.”
Seattle Police intend to look into the case to determine any criminal wrongdoing. However, they have not confirmed an open investigation. Acting under false pretenses as Tracy Dart did by faking cancer to collect money could be considered fraud and possibly be a crime.
[Photo by AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman]