Business card chain letter not legitimate

Business card chain letter not legitimate An unauthorized chain letter requesting people to send business cards to a seriously ill child named Craig Shergold, Craig Sherwood, Craig Sherfold, or any other variety of similar-sounding names is not legitimate.

In 1989, Craig Shergold, a 9-year old English boy was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and he wanted to be recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for receiving the most greeting cards. A wish-granting organization � not the Make-A-Wish Foundation � worked with Shergold to help grant his wish. By 1990, he received more than 16 million cards.

In 1991, Shergold's tumor was removed and he is alive and well today. Guinness has retired the category in Craig's honor and the family has requested an end to the mail.

Several versions of the chain letter exist, most of which wrongly claim that the boy remains terminally ill and that he now wants to receive the largest number of business cards. The letter asks that business cards be sent to an incorrect address in Georgia and then that the letter be forwarded to at least 10 friends. Many of the letters falsely state that the Make-A-Wish Foundation is behind the request."Make-A-Wish is not, and has never been, associated with the Craig Shergold wish or chain letter," said Mary Olinger, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota. "We have been attempting to stop the letter nationwide, but it continues. While we know that so many people in South Dakota mean well, we are begging them to discontinue sending this letter

"We receive several phone calls a day asking about the legitimacy of this request," she said. "We respond that it's a chain letter and ask that they not get involved in chain letter requests. In attempting to stop this illegal business card request, our staff time is diverted from Make-A-Wish's real mission of fulfilling existing wishes to South Dakota children who are legitimately suffering with life-threatening or terminal illnesses." The Make-A-Wish Foundation¨ of South Dakota granted 51 wishes during fiscal year 2002 and have 28 wishes pending to date.

"We want to let people know

that there are many opportunities to help children in South Dakota and we ask that people just give us at call at 1-800-640-9198 for questions or to help," Olinger said.

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