Claim: McDonald’s and Pizza Hut will donate $1 towards the medical care of Justin Mallory, a 12-year-old epileptic, for every
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1999]
HELLO: My name is Justin Mallory. I am 12 years old and have epilepsy. I am undergoing treatment for my disease at the University of Pennsylvania Teaching Hospital. Without this treatment, the doctors tell me that I will not live another year. Through a donation with McDonalds and Pizza Hut these companies have agreed to donate $1 for every time this email is forwarded onto another person.
This means if 50,000 people forward on this email I will receive $50,000 in free medical treatment. Please, every single email can make a difference in my life. I beg you to help me by simply joining others before you in simply sending this email on to another. Thanks for your support.
Origins: The “Justin Mallory” plea began circulating on the Internet in September 1999. In common with any number of other “for every
towards the care of (name of sick child)” exhortations, the plea to aid Justin Mallory is also nothing more than smoke. There’s no 12-year-old epileptic named Justin Mallory, no $1 per forward, and no McDonald’s or Pizza Hut involvement.
Everyone wants to help sick children get better, and the thought of a little boy or girl languishing in a hospital because people couldn’t be bothered to forward an
If you want to make a difference in a sick child’s life, I’m afraid the only way is still the old-fashioned one: donate your money or your time, not a worthless
Barbara “the reality check is in the
Last updated: 27 March 2005