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Woman battling cancer finds out $40k donation was fake

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Large donation for cancer patient turns out to be nothing

Alexis Gould has only a 30 percent chance of winning her battle with stage 3 neuroblastoma, a nerve cancer.

The Utah teen is fighting and her community is trying to help. On Sep. 27, supporters came together at a Cyprus High School football game to raise money. A bunch of cash donations were made at the game, but one anonymous donor pledged $40,000 toward her treatment.

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The promise of the donation "came as quite a shock when we found that it was there," Alexis' mother, Emily Gould, told television station KSL.

Amazing, except it wasn't real.

"It was a little bit hard, but we never wanted it to detract from the genuine love and support that we received from so many," Emily Gould said of finding out the money was never there in the first place. But that doesn't mean the family isn't appreciative of all the support they're receiving.

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"What others might deem as little acts of kindness, or little acts of love, mean the world to us," Emily Gould said. "While $40,000 is a lot of money, it meant no more to me than the people who are struggling, who are living paycheck to paycheck, who donated $5."

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Alexis' continued treatments, and the teen is continuing to fight.

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"Because she is high-risk, her treatments are very intense. She is an extremely determined young woman and extremely optimistic," Emily said. "Right now, faith is all we have. And we've been fortunate enough where I feel that it's more than just a faith, more than just a belief. It's a knowledge, and I know she will be fine."

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