Woman accused of faking cancer for cash

Facebook photo of accused cancer faker Lana Rovang. Supplied photo

Facebook photo of accused cancer faker Lana Rovang. Supplied photo

Michael Platt, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:48 PM ET

CALGARY — Lana Rovang had a medical tube taped to her chest, telling parents who asked that it was for intravenous chemotherapy.

The cheery 32-year-old daycare worker told moms and dads chemotherapy was her only hope of surviving stage-4 breast cancer -- because a pre-existing terminal heart condition could prove fatal if doctors tried to operate.

Rovang's sad plight -- and by extension, that of her own young daughters -- led staff and parents at Calgary's FunFlex Playcare Childcare Centre to rally around the brave single mom, cooking her meals, giving her money and offering sympathy and support against "the Big C."

In Jan. 2013, eleven of her co-workers shaved their heads and put their shorn hair towards a $3,000 fundraising campaign for Rovang, who responded to the entire daycare with written words of gratitude.

"I am the desk girl here battling the heart condition and the Big C! I just wanted to thank everyone for their amazing support and generousity (sic), it means so very much to me! I could not get through this without the support and love of everyone here. A heartfelt thanks to all of you again," she posted to Facebook.

It's an emotional tale of kindness towards a person fighting for her life.

Except police say Rovang was lying -- and that her cancer fakery ultimately duped Calgarians to the tune of $20,000.

Charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000 and one count under $5,000, as well as uttering a forged document, Rovang is currently free awaiting a court hearing next week.

"We had no clue -- parents went out of their way for her," said daycare owner Marc St. Germain.

"Some even cooked meals for her to make her feel better."


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