Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Husband Are Victims of Online Cancer Hoax

    November 7, 2013
    Erika Watts
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Internet hoaxes are nothing new, unfortunately, and they range from tricking someone into thinking they’re falling in love with someone to scamming people out of their hard-earned money. The latest hoax is targeting celebrities and works by playing on their emotions by sending a letter from a child dying with cancer.

Nashville star Kimberly Williams-Paisley and husband Brad Paisley found themselves the victims of such a hoax last year and have decided to go public with it.

Back in September of 2012, an email was sent to Kimberly requesting that she get in touch with a woman’s 8-year-old daughter who was dying from neuroblastoma, a type of cancer. The family wasn’t asking for any money–they just wanted Kimberly to get in touch with the young girl because she was such a big fan.

Read the email that was sent to Kimberly Williams-Paisley and obtained by ABC below.

From: Carrie Kahler
Subject: Claire/ Kimberly Williams
Date: September 3, 2012 8:04:54 PM PDT

Hello, my name is Carrie Kahler. I have an eight year old daughter Claire who is suffering from end stage cancer (neuroblastoma). A couple weeks ago Claire asked me If I could “find” Miss Kimberly for her. I told her I would do my best but made no promises. Well, to be honest with all the chaos and excitement that ensued with Claire coming home from the hospital with hospice. I forgot. However Claire reminded me earlier today. I asked Claire why it was so important for me to find miss Kimberly for her she said, “Mommy miss Kimberly deserves to know how much she has helped me. She left fingerprints on my heart.” After hearing that I decided I would do whatever I could to let Kimberly know about Claire.

Please know we are not wanting or asking for anything from you or Kimberly. Claire is going to be with Jesus very soon. Nothing on this earth is going to save her from that.

Claire has written a very sweet letter for Kimberly and would like her to read it before she passes away. I don’t know if that is possible. I was hoping to email Claire’s letter to you and maybe you could forward it to Kimberly. Claire knows Kimberly from a movie “The Christmas Shoes”.

She doesn’t know who she is married to or that she has made other movies. I promise we want nothing. If you cannot forward claires letter can you pass along this message from her to Kimberly?

“Miss Kimberly thank you for making my heart so happy. You have a very pretty heart. Lots of grown ups can’t see it but I can. I will never forget how you made me feel the first time I saw your movie. You made me feel so brave and I’m not scared to die because you helped me be brave. I love you. Love, Claire.”

love from the Kahler family

David Carrie Claire Conner and Caleb

“It sounded very sort of real,” Kimberly said. “But she wasn’t dying to get a hold of me. You know, that was kind of the beginning of the manipulation. As a mother, wanting my kids to be okay, she hit my softest spot.”

The mother even sent pictures of her daughter as well as recordings of songs the girl had sung for Kimberly. Needless to say, Kimberly and Brad were sold. They ended up communicating with the girl and her mother and Brad sang Amazing Grace to the girl on the phone at one point.

“You’re singing to someone’s dying kid,” Brad said. “And in the middle of it, there’s no way that’s not real. How can that not be real?

The truth comes out.

The hoax was revealed after the mother told Kimberly and Brad that the girl had died. When the couple wanted to send flowers, the woman refused to give her address. She then sent Kimberly an email saying, “I don’t need you to pray for me. Doesn’t seem like god hears much of anything these days.”

After doing some investigating, Kimberly and Brad discovered that they were the victims of a hoax and that the woman had been using pictures of another child with cancer to trick them. The woman apparently took pictures off another mom’s blog that tracked the progress of her child with neuroblastoma.

“That’s the sickest part about this to me,” Brad Paisley said. “That is the part that when I start to talk about that, that’s when I get really mad. That there were real kids, that there were real photos involved.”

Apparently, the Paisleys aren’t the only celebrities that have been victimized by this emotional hoax. Natalie Grant, band members from Little Big Town and reality TV star Kate Gosselin are just a few celebrities that have been tricked.

Kimberly says that she and her husband decided to come out on the hoax to hopefully prevent others from being victimized. “We really wanted to come out and talk about it publicly just to draw attention to what can happen so that people are aware,” she said. “When they put their kids online, pictures of their kids online, things like this can happen.”

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  • keith queen

    As the father of a child with cancer this really brings my blood to a boil.One way to find out the truth is to check on the families caring bridge page . whenever a family is given this jolt in their life the hospital helped us out by getting our site going which allows you the precious time together with your child during the long hours in the hospital. pictures are posted and as much as you want to update you can.I hope the fraud book is thrown at her to give her time to think then make her spend some time in the children cancer ward.

  • Alley Oop

    She is one sick BITCH!

  • Happens All The Time

    I have a friend who was lied to online by a woman with mental issues and she also belonged to a vigilante group. She told him that she was of legal age but it was a setup and she then claimed that he thought she was underage. He ended up going to prison and is now a sex offender. The man has never harmed a soul on this planet and didn’t even see a person.

    The woman made some money of the “sting” and ruined a life. So right now, we have a person who literally didn’t do a thing and he is sitting in prison. Later, it was discovered she actually had links to fraud cases in California and a criminal past. It doesn’t matter though because my friend cannot appeal his case. What burns me up the most is the police ignored real cases of child abuse to set my friend up.

    Moral of the story: don’t believe people on the internet – ever.

    • Happens All The Time

      By the way, the woman pursued my friend for over a year and invited him 5 times to meet. On the fifth time, he agreed to meet. I don’t know victims that pursue their attackers for a year and invite their attackers to meet 5 times. That is how crazy liars on the internet can be.

      You have to be careful out there in this day and age.

  • http://yahoo Robert

    This is one sick BITCH playing a hoax like this on good people! I watched it on Nightline & she needs to be locked up.Her children are healthy & it is a wonder she did not get struck by lightening for doing such a sick trick! Most folks are so happy that they have healthy children that they thank God every day.She needs her children taken away from her & placed in a home where they will be cared for!!!