This is one of the most difficult things I've ever had to post on theCHIVE and I'm rushing to get it into your hands so pardon me if there's any spelling errors here, Chivers.
Last week a profoundly deaf quadriplegic with cerebral palsy became an internet sensation. Dave on Wheel's positive outlook on life and quirky sense of humor was infectious. I had followed his Twitter for a while after being turned on to it by Sarah Hill and Erin Willett. The two have huge hearts, loved Dave's positive message, and had been online friends with Dave for months which helped Dave's Twitter grow from 8 to 800 followers.
Then Last Monday I decided to post some of Dave's most popular Tweets on theCHIVE, including "My mom and @NicholeRose85 waiting for me to fall asleep so they can leave lol. I should fake it so they go have a life."
Within hours, Dave's Twitter Machine exploded, he gained thousands of fans. His touching story was picked up by everybody from ABC News to RadarOnline to the NYDailyNews. Kim Kardashian even quoted Dave:
In the end, this story played out more like a Hollywood film than real life. We’ve all been victimized by this disturbed individual. Here at theCHIVE, we often post funny and inspiring stories. It never dawned on us that somebody with such an established internet footprint would actually be mascarading as a deaf, physically handicap person. It would seem absurd to believe somebody would go so far as to fake a death.
I believe in the inherent goodness in the human condition. I’ve posted hundreds of sick and injured people in the DAR who need support. It doesn’t occur for me to write back, “I need proof that you have cancer before I post this.” But I overlooked that there are bad people out there, people who would go to such huge lengths to deceive the masses. All of us here, including and especially Erin and Sarah, are deeply hurt, angered, and saddened by this. And I’m sharing the truth as quickly as it arrives at my doorstep, everybody deserves to know what happened here.