Stars Kimberly Williams and Brad Paisley came forward as recent victims of an online cancer hoax. Williams says she was contacted by a woman named Carrie Kahler, who claimed her daughter, Claire, was dying of paediatric cancer.
Williams is the mother of two young boys, William and Jasper, so the story tugged at her maternal instincts. Kahler first sent her an email about her daughter’s illness, and for ten (10) days, the Father of the Bride star called, texted, and emailed in order to get updates on Claire’s condition.
Paisley and Williams are long-time supporters and donators of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Between that and her own motherhood, Williams was drawn to the struggle of Kahler and her little girl. She even sang “Amazing Grace” to Claire over the phone after receiving journal entries and recordings from her.
When Kahler told Williams that Claire didn’t make it, Williams was devastated. But when she asked where to send flowers, Kahler refused to answer, telling the star, “Oh, don’t. Just send a donation to your local children’s hospital.”
Paisley revealed, “I mean I had, like, a physical reaction. Every red flag went up. And I remember just looking around me… ‘Who is it? How many people are involved in this scam? Are they right here, are they watching me right now?’… This person was crazy.”
Other celebrities have come forward, saying they’ve been through similar situations. The Huffington Post reports that “Nightline” tracked down the individual behind this scam to a campground in Wyoming.
You can catch this exclusive from “Nightline” on their website. The celebrities shared their story with the news source on November 6, 2013.