Couple Faked Son’s Cancer To Meet Syracuse Football Team


Martin and Jolene LaFrance have found themselves in trouble with the law due to some very disturbing allegations. According to a report from, the LaFrance’s are accused of lying that their nine-year-old CJ had been diagnosed with Hogkin’s lymphoma. Through that lie, they were able to solicit donations from people who had no idea they were being conned while also receiving access to the Syracuse football program.

The Orange and head coach Dino Babers welcomed the LaFrance’s to a practice last summer and gave CJ an all-star experience.

Now, the LaFrance’s have been charged with child endangerment and scheme to defraud.

From the report:

Deputies, acting on a tip, discovered that Martin and Jolene LaFrance solicited money under the guise that their son, CJ LaFrance, was battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After a four-month investigation, the sheriff’s office “conclusively” learned that CJ was never diagnosed with cancer or any other medical condition.

Investigators discovered that Martin and Jolene LaFrance received about $3,000 in donations via a GoFundMe page, which appears to have been deleted.

These are disgusting allegations against the LaFrance’s and ones that prosecutors will not take lightly. The couple is set to be arraigned later this month.

For a full look at the allegations and details surrounding the scandal, check out the article from our friends at below.

Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated,,, and many others.
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