Not Fraud

[UPDATED] Florida Mom With Terminal Cancer Says She Was Accused of Being a Fake

Megan Zipperer Gofundme

[Ed. note:  This post first appeared on this site on November 1, 2016. It was announced on November 29 that Meg lost her battle with cancer and has died]

What’s strange about the following story is that GoFundMe will leave up a known fraudulent campaign for months (I’m referring, of course, to the infamous Bart the Zombie Cat campaign), and won’t remove a fundraiser in which a supposed animal rescuer straight up lies about having valid 501c3 non-profit status (I’ll tell you that story later y’all), but then suddenly gets diligent when it comes to an actual cancer patient needing help. The mind, it is boggled.

Megan Zipperer, a 25-year-old mother of three in Florida, told local WCJB TV-20 that her diagnosis was brought into question after several unknown people reported it as a scam.

“How could people say that? For them to go report the GoFundMe and say that it’s a fraud and that I’m lying or that my family and all my friends are lying,” Megan told the station.

GoFundMe is known to freeze accounts under investigation, and often requires additional details from campaign owners before releasing funds. It appears that’s exactly what Megan had to do in order to get her campaign back in good standing.

“I messaged my oncologist at 11 o’clock at night and she went and wrote up my report for me to send, to post to all of Facebook so everyone can see the nitty gritty of how I’m dying,” Megan told WCJB.

Meanwhile, pulling up our GoFundMe fraud tracker shows countless cases of cancer fakers. Just a few:

  • 29-year-old Santana Banta of Indiana is accused of raising nearly $3000 on GoFundMe for fake terminal cancer
  • 25-year-old Sara Nicole Kaufman of Utah was sentenced to community service with a cancer charity after she raised a little over $550 pretending to have cancer herself
  • 41-year-old Joyell J.D Riley of Ohio claimed to be a decorated Marine veteran needing money for breast cancer treatments; she was neither a Marine nor did she have breast cancer
  • 32-year-old Jessica Good of Oklahoma admitted she fabricated claims that her daughter was terminally ill with cancer

Mind you, those are just a few of the many cases we’ve written about here since the site was founded in April. Yes, April of this year. So… counts on fingers… in the last 8 months.

Yet here you have people like Megan, people who are genuinely suffering, getting the third degree all because a few assholes (see above re: previous cases of fake cancer) have ruined it for everyone else.

Sadly, this is how it has to be. Hope you’re proud of yourselves, cancer fakers. It’s because of all those unscrupulous dickwads that people like Megan are forced to take precious time they don’t even have to prove they are legit.

Megan’s GoFundMe campaign has raised over $65k so far. A note on the campaign states in all caps that money raised will be used by the Zipperer family for any purpose they see fit as Megan, her husband, and their three children spend what time they have left together as a family.

A YouCaring campaign for Megan started by someone of unknown relation to the family has raised an additional $10k.


  1. Charlene Blevins

    Okay so watched her FB video there is no written report from a doctor on there. In most cases cervical cancer can be cured. Her video states that she was getting ready to have surgery at 3 p. m. on November 8th. Yet they have been receiving donations since 2015. Why wait this long for surgery? Yes I am skeptical as I have had both cervical and uterin cancer and survived. It was found when at stage 4.

    • You know, it dawned on me after writing this that I approached it without my usual skepticism — I guess I assumed that whatever she provided to GoFundMe was sufficient enough proof, but not two days later I wrote up the story of that chick in West Virginia who forged paperwork to “prove” her made-up cancer diagnosis.

      I really hope you aren’t right, but who even knows these days? You bring up good points.

      I hope you are doing well!

    • Nunya

      So how do you feel, now? Heartless waste of skin…

    • Olivia

      Charlene, Megan lost her battle with terminal cancer and passed away last night.
      That surgery was to remove fluid in her lungs. she was diagnosed in 2015, the cancer was treated then returned at her 6 month scan. Once she found out it was terminal, the cancer took her life after 2 months. Maybe research a bit more

    • ignorant people!

      I know 7 women who have died from cervical cancer in the last 2 years. Are you God?

    • Kristen

      Megan passed away on 11/29; perhaps that will ease your skepticism. No ones case is the same and you should certainly feel blessed that your life was spared throughout your battle with cancer. My grandmother passed away from cervical cancer and a friend I went to high school with. Cervical cancer can be deadly. Megan was the epitome of strength and grace and has left behind a husband and 3 young children. Now that you are no longer a skeptic with her case, I hope you will pray for her family.

    • D

      She passed away from cancer two days ago. Guess your “facts” were wrong in this case. No two cancer cases are the same, have some compassion. Just because you survived, doesn’t mean the next person will be as lucky.
      I am glad you are here to share your story, but do know she lost her battle.

    • Vanessa BuShea

      So perhaps yours was not spread to liver, lungs and clearly for her, lymph nodes as well. I’m a retired Oncology RN, survivor of cervical cancer stage 0 in 1992 and Adenocarcinoma lung stage 1A last year. I believe wholeheartedly that young woman’s story because I have professional and personal experience.

    • Michelle

      Just e abuse you survive does not mean everyone else will. You being a survivor should have made you a bit humble but you seem to be cold hearte you wretch

    • kandace

      you have no idea what you are talking about if you would follw her facebook page you would know. you coward hiding behind a computer screen! she was having surgery to have a drain to help get the fluid out of her lungs you idiot!

    • Darlene

      As I recall she posted her medical records and prescriptions when the evil women were accusing her of lying.

    • lyndsey

      Do you have enough proof? The girl is dead! 2 weeks after you left this comment!!

    • Jeanie Shaw

      I am just seeing this I’m blown away by your lack of compassion for this fallen angel ? why did this even bother you cause obviously you have no heart !!Please keep the family in your prayers would be better than accusing them of the same thing you had cervical cancer comes in different stages and you should know this unfortunately Megan’s was aggressive as some are some are not!!

    • Cassandra


  2. Fara G

    She had cervical cancer- stage 3-in 2015. She fought that for some time and in July 2016, her scans looked much better. Thought she beat it. She then had 3 month scans done in October and learned the cancer had spread to her stomach and some other area, bow stage 4. The surgery she had on Nov 8, 2106 was to drain fluid out of her lungs. She also has a blood clot in her neck that can travel to her brain at any time. *The More You Know*

  3. Tina

    I pray for her and her family. I pray for her children. If you have never had cervical cancer or if you have had cancer I would think you would be a little more compassioned to her and life in general. I have been battling it for 4 and half years now I have been luck it has moved to my liver twice and I keep fighting and praying to god. I am truly one of the lucky ones. She was not given as much time to spend with her family. If you cannot say anything nice then please don’t say anything at all. People suffer in their own way. Everyone is fighting something. Some a little more then others. May GOD bless your family.

    • jeanette brownlie

      Thank you for writing that. Her YouTube video is heartbreaking, I don’t know how her husband, kids, and family are going to do with-out her. So young! So sorry Megan

  4. Peggy

    River and the children would live in a ditch if it meant having their wife and mother back. They’d give all they have for just one more day with her. I am truly happy to hear that you are doing well and hope and pray that you continue to do so.

  5. Phoebe

    I have stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer and just want to be near my parents and siblings and nobody will even care about it and they take the time to donate to scammers…

    my campaign is for 5k and 0 donated. The3 only thing people say to me is “I will pray for ya” and move on.

    TY for this website.. you are doing a very good job here.
    I am new to gofundme and made an account to speak about why I needed a small fundraiser, I got so depressed I donated to someone else hahhaah. I will do it again if I can but I am poor…
    [GoFundMe link removed by admin]
    Blessings all. <3

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