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Hoemspine has Cancer and Wants All the Greeting Cards She can Get-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor Faith Hoemspine is a 5-year-old who is
fighting a losing battle with cancer. She's in the Shriner's
hospital in Cincinnati and wants to receive the most get well cards
anyone has ever received.
This eRumor has several variations
and all of them are wrong.
Most of the eRumors list her name as Faith Hoemspine. The
actual spelling of her name is Hoenstine.
Some of the eRumors say she is 5-years-old. Some say she is
9-years-old. She was actually a 15-year-old high school
student when her medical crisis began in May of 2000.
The eRumors say she had cancer, but she's never suffered from
cancer. She has become one of few people who has survived a
kind of bacterial infection that resulted in the amputation of both
of her legs at the knees, her left arm above the elbow, her fingers
and most of her thumb on her right hand.
The eRumors say she wants get well cards, Christmas cards, or
business cards but she's never made a request for any kind of cards.
The Shriners Burns Hospital in Cincinnati says Faith was treated
there because her doctors wanted her to benefit from the hospital's
experience with skin grafts but that the large volume of phone calls
and mail for Faith has been a drain on resources. The
Cincinnati Inquirer published an update on her condition in December
of 2001 that said the family has gotten as many as 50,000 letters a
Despite her ordeal, Faith is described as having a good attitude and
pursuing her education.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Faith Hoemspine, a 5 year old in Cincinnati, Ohio, is losing her battle
with cancer. Faith has lost both arms and both legs in her
struggle. He last with is to be the one to receive the most get
well cards anyone has ever been sent. The family is not asking for
donations, just a simple get well card.