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Home --> Inboxer Rebellion --> Missing & Sick Children

Missing & Sick Children

One of the boons of the Internet is that it can be used to help those in need by spreading information quickly and widely: disseminating descriptions of missing children, raising money to treat sick children, requesting prayers for desperately ill children, helping to fulfill the last wishes of dying children.

Unfortunately, this boon has also proved to be a double-edged sword. Appeals for help get out quickly and spread widely, but they also never go away. Our inboxes continue to be clogged with messages about missing children who have long since been found or sick children who have long since recovered (or died), not to mention a plethora of missives that are nothing but mean-spirited hoaxes.


Ratings Key

        Green bullet = true
        Red bullet = false
        Multiple status bullet = multiple truth values
        Yellow bullet = undetermined
        White bullet = unclassifiable veracity

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definition of our rating system.


Kidnappings:
Red bullet Children are being
kidnapped by abductors who cut the hair and change the clothes of their victims.*

Allen, Sabrina Fair:
Green bullet A five-year-old girl named Sabrina Fair Allen is missing from her Austin, Texas, home.

Arlington, Rachel:
Red bullet AOL and ZDNet are donating 32¢ per e-mail forward to help Rachel Arlington, a child with brain cancer who is in need of an operation her parents can't afford.*

Beerman, Jermaine:
Red bullet A billionaire has promised 5¢ per e-mail forward to help Jermaine Beerman, a child injured in an auto accident.*

Bergstroem, Hannes:
Red bullet Your help is needed to identify a young tsunami victim and reunite him with his family.*

Brown, Penny:
Red bullet Nine-year-old Penny Brown is missing.*

Bruce, Amy:
Red bullet The Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate 7¢ for every copy of the Amy Bruce e-mail message forwarded to them.*

Bucklew, David "Darren":
Red bullet The "Lung and Cancer Association" will donate 3¢ to cancer research for every copy of the David Bucklew e-mail message forwarded to them.*

Bundy, Amanda:
Red bullet A little girl named Amanda Bundy is dying from a deadly cancer.*

Cohen, Jada:
Red bullet A billionaire has promised 5¢ per e-mail forward to help Jada, a premature baby requiring expensive medical care.*

Costea, Ionut:
Yellow bullet Ionut Costea, an injured Romanian child in need of expensive medical treatment, needs your help.*

Degree, Asha:
Green bullet A little girl named Asha Degree is missing.*

de Leon, Jeff:
Red bullet The Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate 7¢ for every copy of the Jeff de Leon e-mail message forwarded to them.*

Desquetado, Rhyan:
Red bullet The Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate 7¢ for every copy of the Rhyan Desquetado e-mail message forwarded to them.*

Farber, Nicholas:
Red bullet Nicholas Farber, a nine-year-old boy abducted from his California home by gunmen, is still missing.*

Foraker, Savannah:
Red bullet Three unnamed corporate sponsors will donate 5¢ per e-mail forward to help Savannah Foraker, a child dying of an unnamed blood disease.

Flyte, Timothy:
Red bullet The "Valley Children's Hospital" will donate 7¢ to the "National Disease Society" for every copy of the Timothy Flyte e-mail message forwarded to them.*

Godron-Wood, Shyanne Josephine:
Red bullet Shyanne Josephine Godron-Wood of Henderson, Nevada is missing.

Hafeez, Fatima:
Red bullet BCC Inc. has promised 5¢ per e-mail forward to help Fatima Hafeez, a child injured in an auto accident.

Hembree, Brayden:
Red bullet Little Brayden Hembree is lying in a coma in a South Carolina hospital.*

Hennigan, Briana:
Red bullet A 13-year-old girl named Briana Hennigan is missing from her Zachary, Louisiana, home.*

Hoenstine, Faith:
Red bullet Faith Hoenstine, a multiple-amputee girl dying of cancer, wants you to send her get well cards.*

Hornbeck, Shawn:
Red bullet An 11-year-old boy named Shawn Hornbeck is missing from his Missouri home.*

Jackson, LaNisha:
Red bullet The Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate 7¢ for every copy of the LaNisha Jackson e-mail message forwarded to them.*

Jones, Kelsey Brooke:
Red bullet A little kid named Kelsey Brooke Jones is missing, and your help is needed to find her.*

Koopmans, Jessica:
Red bullet A child named Jessica Koopmans is missing.*

Mallory, Justin:
Red bullet McDonalds and Pizza Hut will donate $1 per e-mail forward to help Justin Mallory, a child with epilepsy.*

Martin, Tamara:
Red bullet Every copy of the Tamara Martin e-mail message forwarded will help people with lung and throat cancer "become healthy again."*

Mineo, Christopher John:
Red bullet A 5-year-old boy named Christopher John Mineo is missing.*

Mydek, Jessica:
Red bullet The American Cancer Society will donate 3¢ to cancer research for every copy of the Jessica Mydek e-mail message forwarded to them.*

Natalie:
Red bullet AOL is donating 5 cents per e-mail forward towards the care of Natalie, a child afflicted with brain cancer.*

Novenche, Michael:
Green bullet Michael Novenche is undergoing chemotherapy to kill a brain tumor.*

Parkin, Anthony:
Red bullet Dying boy named Anthony Parkin wants his chain message to circulate after his death.

Parrish, Delaney:
Green bullet A baby girl named Delaney Parrish pulled a hot Fry Daddy onto herself, resulting in serious burns.*

Pingel, Lauren Renee:
Green bullet Prayers are requested for Lauren Renee Pingel, a three-year-old girl from Amarillo, Texas, who was injured in an automobile accident.

Relek, Kalin:
Red bullet BCC Inc. has promised 5¢ per e-mail forward to help Kalin Relek, a child injured in an auto accident.

Ryan, Lindsey:
Red bullet A 14-year-old Michigan girl named Lindsey Ryan is missing.

Santillan, Jesica:
Red bullet Prayers are needed for the survival of Jessica Santillan, a 17-year-old given the wrong organs in a heart and lung transplant.

Sarkies, Ashlyn:
Red bullet A 16-year-old girl named Ashlyn Sarkies is missing from her Louisiana home.*

Schmidt, Krystava Patients:
Red bullet A child named Krystava Patients Schmidt is missing.*

Smart, Elizabeth Ann:
Red bullet A 14-year-old Salt Lake City girl by the name of Elizabeth Smart is missing.

Solidaridad Con Brian:
Red bullet ISPs will contribute 1¢ towards a child's heart transplant for every copy of the Solidaridad Con Brian message forwarded to someone else.*

Steinmetz, Aaron Russell:
Red bullet A toddler named Aaron Russell Steinmetz is missing.

Tennis, Sophia:
Green bullet A little girl from Phoenix named Sophia Tennis is missing.*

Thomson, Dean:
Green bullet A 7th-grader named Dean Thomson was badly injured in a sledding accident.

van Dam, Danielle:
Red bullet A 7-year-old girl by the name of Danielle van Dam is missing from her San Diego-area home.*

Veski, Laima:
Yellow bullet A 5-year-old Latvian girl named Laima Veski needs money for medicine.

Waters, Nick:
Multi-colored bullet 15-year-old Nick Waters wants 10,000 Christmas cards.

Wightman, Kayla:
Red bullet The Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate 7¢ for every copy of the Kayla Wightman e-mail message forwarded to them.*

Zhang, Cecilia:
Red bullet 9-year-old Cecilia Zhang is missing from her Toronto home.

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