Employee Who Claimed To Have Cancer Said It Was A Charade

A Chattanooga, Tennessee city employee who for five years claimed to have breast cancer while accepting donations of leave time and money from co-workers says her story was a charade.

Thirty-seven-year-old Keele Maynor says she doesn't know why she did it.

Maynor's comments come in a Dec. 12 e-mail to her supervisor obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

In the e-mail, Maynor says she is relieved she doesn't have to "keep up the charade anymore." She resigned last week as an administrative assistant in Chattanooga's land development department.

The Chattanooga mayor's office said officials are considering legal action against Maynor. A spokesman for the mayor says Maynor took 194 days of leave donated by co-workers and accepted money from them. Maynor also received support for years from nonprofit cancer groups.


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  • by APRIL Location: BEULAVILLE on Dec 24, 2008 at 06:46 PM
    THIS IS WHY PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE TO HELP PEOPLE ANYMORE. THERE REAKLLY ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT NEED IT AND THEN THERE ARE SOME THAT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE THIS IS A SAD CASE.
  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY,NC on Dec 23, 2008 at 09:20 PM
    Cancer is not something to lie or joke about. My aunt Mary died of breast cancer at the age of 32 in 1968. My good friend in high school Bill died of brain cancer he was 42 years old,and my good friend Maggy she also died of breast cancer she was only 39 years old. I think about them all the time. What a loss it brakes my heart.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Dec 23, 2008 at 05:33 AM
    O yeah.. Just looking for a free ride. What a lying slacker!
  • by Dawn Location: Dillsboro on Dec 23, 2008 at 05:27 AM
    This has NOTHING to do with anyone who has had cancer.This is about wanting something for FREE.How does this hurt a survivor??? It doesn't ...well if you are a Liberal C survivor then maybe yes.
  • by Dawn Location: Dillsboro on Dec 22, 2008 at 04:27 PM
    Just another one of "those" who always want something for FREE. FLASH:WE DON'T OWE YOU PEOPLE ANYTHING!GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Oncology RN Location: Eastern NC on Dec 21, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    This is about the lowest thing I have ever heard of. I work with cancer patients everyday and I'm appalled that anyone would have the audacity to pull a stunt like this! She should be ashamed of herself. There are lots of patients with cancer that have a hard time receiving any help at all and here she is lying about it and getting all kinds of donated hours and monies. I think she should have to pay back all that plus a hefty interest and a fine. This is criminal and I think she should be punished just as any other criminal should be. I mean she stole money from cancer support groups. This is money that real cancer patients could have used. How in the world can she sleep at night knowing what she's done? There are women dying every day from breast cancer and she pretends to have it. That's just sick. But then, some will take any attention they can get in any way they can get it. I really hope she is punished.
  • by survivordaughter Location: gvegas on Dec 20, 2008 at 10:47 AM
    my mother has survived breast cancer and lymph cancer on two separate occasions.I consider this a slap in the face to all those who have loved ones that are affected with cancer. you should prosecute her to the fullest extent of the law
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