Local woman may have faked cancer diagnosis

We are waiting to hear more from the family of a woman, who some people say may have faked a breast cancer diagnosis for years as she raised thousands of dollars for the Susan G. Komen organization.

SEATTLE -- A well-known woman from West Seattle, who claims she's battled cancer three ties, is facing allegations that she never had cancer at all.

In recent years many businesses and community members had rallied around Tracy Dart. Many of the fundraisers she raised money for Susan G Komen, but there's also been cases where it appears she may have benefited herself.

Dart claimed for years that she was sick, and she helped lead local efforts to raise money for cancer research.

In a 2012 post on KING 5.com, Dart wrote "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."

The Dart family has not independently confirmed the allegation, but they told KING 5 News they have retained an attorney. The family said they planned to release a statement, but on Monday morning they changed their mind.

National Susan G. Komen spokesperson Andrea Rader said that "it appears that she (Tracy) has not been treated for cancer at all."

Rader said that they were contacted last week by a team captain from Tracy's fundraising group "Team Tracy," who said they were notified by Tracy's family member saying she never had cancer. Susan G Komen said that Dart raised more than $400,000 for their cause, nearly $30,000 by herself.

Despite the fundraising success for Komen, there were also efforts to help Tracy personally. In 2011, an event at "The Bridge" collected more than $7,000 to help Dart. A person involved with the fundraiser told KING 5 on Monday that all of the money went to help with living expenses while she underwent treatment for cancer. (Read West Seattle Blog post)

The owner of Auburn Volkswagen, Matthew Welch, told KING he was informed of Dart's alleged lies on Friday. He said a "Team Tracy" member asked to speak with him in-person.

"We thought the worst," said Welch, who at the time said he figured Tracy's cancer had returned.

He recounted the team member said Tracy never had cancer.

The business says it spent thousands of dollars helping Dart and her cause, at one point allowing her to use a car for a year, but Welch said he wasn't angry.

"The real victim is the real survivors out there who are really going through the treatment," he said. "Really for us, we're praying for her and we're praying for the inner circle of her team that are having to deal with this now."

KING 5 contacted Seattle police to see if there is any open investigation looking into Dart; as of Monday evening, they have not gotten back to us.  


 


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