- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A well-known Seattle cancer survivor who raised more than $400,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation is accused of faking her disease.

Citing reliable sources, the West Seattle Herald reported that Tracy Dart, a well-known West Seattle fundraiser and businesswoman, admitted to the ruse after she was confronted by her family following a doctor’s appointment.

Ms. Dart claimed to be a three-time cancer survivor and rose to local celebrity status with many fundraisers conducted on her behalf. Team Tracy, her cancer fundraising organization, raised more than $400,000 for Komen over time through various events.

The Dart family has not independently confirmed the allegation, but they told KING 5 News, a local NBC News affiliate, that they have retained an attorney. The family said they planned to release a statement, but Monday morning they changed their mind.

National Susan G. Komen spokesperson Andrea Rader told the news station that “it appears that [Ms. Dart] has not been treated for cancer at all.”

“Komen was notified of this situation last week and has been in contact with Tracy’s family,” a spokeswoman for Komen’s Puget Sound affiliate, told the West Seattle Herald. “We are sad for Tracy and her family and hope that she, and they, will find healing in the days ahead. The Team Tracy community has been a steadfast supporter of our mission to end breast cancer since 2006. We can assure the community that Tracy did not receive any funds from Komen. Our records show that Tracy personally raised $28,541 for Komen starting in 2006, and that her Seattle and California teams raised more than $414,000 since 2006. This money has been used as intended — for Komen’s research and community health programs.”

Meanwhile, Team Tracy has been dissolved and the Team Tracy Facebook page, the We Heart Tracy Dart Facebook page and the Brand Baby company Facebook page have all been taken down, the West Seattle Herald reported.

Ms. Dart’s personal Twitter page, not updated since last July remains online. Her profile description still declares she’s a “3x breast cancer survivor.”

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