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Police investigating coupon fraud involving child with cancer
By Maria Miller
SOMERSET, Pa. -- State police said it's case of fraud against a little girl who's fighting for her life. Two hundred Sheetz coupon books were supposed to be sold as a fundraiser for a 4-year-old with cancer, but her family said they weren't informed and never received the money.
"What makes you so special from everybody else?" Rebecca Moore asked her daughter, Rory Auman.
"I have no hair," the girl said.
"Why don't you have any hair?" asked her mother.
"Because I have cancer," she said.
Auman has already gone through much more than most will in a life time, but you would never be able to tell.
"She's been to hell and back," said Moore. "She's very resilient but she's gone through so much and she always had a smile on her face."
After several surgeries and eight months of chemotherapy, the cancer has spread from her kidney, to her lungs and stomach.
"It's not if, it's when," said her mother. "He told us to take her home and give her a normal childhood."
Short on money the family has moved to a smaller house while Auman's mom raises her 7-year-old sister and baby brother and her stepfather tries to find a new job after being furloughed earlier this year.
They've tried to hold several fundraisers but said often the work put in isn't worth the reward.
"One (fundraiser) we actually had to pay for and the other one we didn't make much money," said Moore.
When they found out last week that someone had fraudulently started selling Sheetz coupon books to raise money for Auman, saying she was cancer-free, her family didn't know where to turn.
"With every breath in my body, I pray to God that was true, but it's not," said Auman. "I would give my last breath for her to never have had cancer."
State police and Sheetz are both investigating while the family struggles to understand.
"It's sickening that somebody uses a little girl with stage 4 cancer who's been through more than any adult I honestly know," said Moore.
Sheetz told 6 News that all of the coupon books sold will still be valid to use at any Sheetz location, but state police are asking anyone who purchased them with Auman's name
to give them a call at the Somerset barracks, 814-445-4104.
In the meantime, anyone who would like to help the family can make a donation at any PNC bank branch under Rory Auman's name.