Why did this British woman spend months lying about having cancer?

Linda Moon, a 34-year-old U.K. resident, wanted to meet members of Preston North End, her favorite soccer team. So she decided to lie about having cancer, receiving hundreds of dollars worth of signed memorabilia from the team in the process.

According to the Daily Mail, Moon wrote a “bucket list” describing her wish to see her favorite soccer club win the Championship. She also described her wish to have a Preston-themed funeral, in which she would wear signed soccer memorabilia and all the funeral attendees would don Preston soccer jerseys. 

Moon’s story touched the hearts of Preston fans, who organized a one-minute applause for her at a match. Her tale also reached former Preston players like Kevin Davies, who visited her in the hospital and gave her a signed jersey. 

Earlier this week, however, Moon came forward to a local radio station after rumors spread on social media that she wasn’t suffering from cancer. “When my condition came out, it came out as cancer, and it all just spiraled out of control,” she told Rock FM. 

Moon does indeed have a legitimate health issue, but it is not terminal and does not require hospital treatment. “I have Vascular Ehlers disease, which affects your blood and collagen, which is what makes my stomach swell and hemorrhage,” she told the Daily Mail.

Her condition was initially diagnosed as cancer, so her story didn’t just appear from nowhere. “I should have corrected people but it had gone too far and I couldn’t get myself out of it,” she said. 

When fans caught wind of Moon’s lie, they were outraged. There’s even a Change.org petition to get Moon permanently banned from the Preston stadium, which has garnered more than 700 signatures.

But perhaps no one was more upset than former Preston FC player Kevin Davies, who visited Moon in the hospital. He expressed his feelings of betrayal on Twitter: 

Moon now finds herself loathed by people who have never even met her. To her credit, she completely understands why.

“All I can do is sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart—it’s not a nice thing to do to people. I have seen things that people have said about me, but I understand why they are saying it. I have hurt and upset a lot of people,” she said. “I would just like to say I am truly sorry for not saying it is not terminal cancer.”

Moon is planning to issue a formal apology to Preston North End.

H/T Daily Mail | Photo via faungg’s photos/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Dylan Love

Dylan Love

Dylan Love is an editorial consultant and journalist whose reporting interests include emergent technology, digital media, and Russian language and culture. He is a former staff writer for the Daily Dot, and his work has been published by Business Insider, International Business Times, Men's Journal, and the Next Web.