Cops: Couple faked child's cancer; posted phony GoFundMe page

Ruben Fields
May 10, 2018

In essence, the couple is accused of lying about their son's cancer and profiting from the lie, with the Post-Standard writing that "the sheriff's office "conclusively" learned that CJ was never diagnosed with cancer or any other medical condition". Tweets from the official Syracuse football account and that of area reporters show that, in late July of 2017, CJ met with members of the Syracuse University football team and participated in their summer practice camp. Last fall, their campaign led to a family visit to see the Syracuse Orange football team practice and over $3,300 in donations through GoFundMe.

According to a report from Syracuse.com, the couple faked the story of their son, CJ LaFrance, having Hodgkin lymphoma, operating a GoFundMe page that received $3,334 in donations.

The boy's uncle, Justin Roe, may have also been party to the scheme, or he was among those duped by the LaFrances.

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Even worse, it was relayed by CJ's uncle (who is, presumably, real) that he had bonded with SU director of player development Roy Wittke, who's a two-time actual cancer survivor.

GoFundMe said in a Monday statement that anyone who donated to the campaign will have their money refunded. And then there are couples like this one, who take advantage of people's generosity and it makes you lose faith in humanity. He added, "Just taking the time, every coach in the middle of doing drills, to come over and chat with him".

An investigation into the LaFrances remains ongoing. The Port Byron, New York couple - each 35-years-old - is slated to appear in court next Wednesday, May 16 for an arraignment.

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