Published On: Thu, Jan 29th, 2015 on 3:59 pm

Outrage as sick ‘Cancer Is Funny’ Twitter account uses photos of young boy fighting cancer

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A screenshot taken of the account.

EXCLUSIVE: Family and friends of a child who is undergoing cancer treatment have been outraged to see photos of him being shared on a Twitter account making fun of people with cancer.

A Twitter account named ‘Cancer Is Funny’, which also tweeted ‘Cancer Is Funny Because People Die,’ has been using photos of the young boy named Riley without permission.

Family and friends are now calling for action to be taken and urging others to report the account.

“It is vile what this person has done”

Riley’s mum, Sophie Hoult, from Leeds, said: “When my mum told me this morning it broke my heart. I couldn’t believe somebody could do such a cruel thing like this.

“I think it is absolutely disgusting that somebody can do such a vile thing like this to a little boy who is fighting so hard to win this battle with cancer. Riley’s not even two yet and can’t even stick up for himself.

“It is vile what this person has done and I hate to think what else they have or are planning too do. I hate to think its somebody who we actually know.”

Riley’s journey

Riley was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body.

On 13 November last year, Riley’s mum noticed Riley’s eye looking sore so she took him to a GP who said he had an eye infection. A week later, the GP found a cyst underneath his eyelid.

Riley became considerably thin overtime and was taken for multiple checkups.

On 28 November, he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at Leeds General Infirmary and is undergoing treatment.

UPDATE: The account seems to have removed its tweets and its Twitter cover photo but remains on Twitter with the same name.

UPDATE #2: The account has been suspended.

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