(WICHITA, Kan.) — Warrior Eli's cancer fighting saga grabbed the attention of many caring people. His online supporters followed his fight with cancer and his mother's death like a virtual soap opera. We now know who was behind the hoax.
A former student at Northeast Ohio Medical University now claims responsibility. Emily Dirr dropped out of school before it received complaints. Since she never asked out right for donations meaning there's nothing law enforcement can do.
Donna Jantzen of Mulvane was one of the people who sent items to Dirr. She sent a homemade blanket and a small donation in April to the six-year-old fighter.
"You cared about him right away. He was such a cute little guy,” Jantzen said.
But after word spread through the Warrior Eli community that it was all a hoax. Jantzen didn't know what to believe.
"What if the hoax is a hoax?” Jantzen asked.
Factfinder12 talked with Jantzen in May about her concern that she and many others had fallen for this possibly fabricated story.