The American Cancer Society will Donate to a Dying Girl if enough emails are circulated-Fiction!




Summary of eRumor 
An email says there is a little girl who has six months to live.  People  are asked to forward the email about her to as many people as possible because the American Cancer Society will give 3 cents per email to support her treatment.  It starts with a poem titled SLOW DANCE.   The email is signed with the name of a professor at Yeshiva University in New York.


The Truth:  
According to the American Cancer Society, the email is a hoax.  

The girl in the story is never identified, the American Cancer Society has not made any such commitment, there is no way for forwarded emails to be accounted for even if someone wanted to make a donation for each one, and the professor named at Yeshiva University, Dr. Dennis
Shields, says he never had anything to do with any such story.  If you dial his number, you get a recording saying the story is not true.  

There are several versions of this email making the rounds of the Net.  Some simply say this is a poem written by a dying girl.  Others say the little girl gave it to a medical student.  Others say the poem is being circulated by a doctor.

The poem is actually from the pen of psychologist and writer David L. Weatherford (

updated 9/17/08

For more information:   

The American Cancer Society

A real example of the story as it has been circulated:

Hi All,

Here's something to make you stop and think!

Please read the whole message, it is from a child.

Be sure you read the end of this message.

S L O W D A N C E:

Have you ever watched kids
on a merry-go-round
Or listened to the rain
slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic
Or gazed at the sun into the fading

You better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last

Do you run through each day on the
When you ask "How are you?"
do you hear the reply?

When the day is done,
do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
running through your head?

You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last

Ever told your child,
We'll do it tomorrow
And in your haste, not see his

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
'Cause you never had time
to call and say "Hi"?

You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting
When you worry and hurry through your
It is like an unopened gift....
Thrown away...

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.


Dear All,

PLEASE pass this mail on to everybody you know.It is the request of a little girl who will soon leave this world as she has been a victim of the terrible disease called CANCER.

Thank you for your effort, this isn't a chain letter, but a choice for all of us to save a little girl who's dying of a serious and fatal form of cancer.Please send this to everyone you know...or don't know.

This little girl has 6 months left to live, and as her dying wish, she wanted to tell everyone to live their life to fullest, since she never will. She'll never make it to prom, graduate from high school or get married and have a family of her own. By your sending this to as many people as possible, you can give her and her family a little hope, because with every name that this is sent to, The American Cancer Society will donate 3 cents per name to her treatment and recovery plan. One guy sent this to 500 people!!!!


Dr. Dennis Shields
[Address and phone information removed as a courtesy to Dr. Gaines]