Well-known cancer advocate may have lied about having cancer

Tracy Dart, a well-known Seattle breast cancer advocate, may have lied about having breast cancer, according to multiple sources. (KOMO News)

SEATTLE (KOMO) -- Tracy Dart became famous for her cancer advocacy and fundraising, but is now under fire with allegations that she may have lied about her three bouts with breast cancer.

"I would stress that so much good has come out of Team Tracy," Matthew Welch said.

Welch is the owner of Auburn Volkswagen, and worked closely with Dart to help raise thousands of dollars for Team Tracy.

On Friday, another member of Team Tracy called Welch and asked to meet face-to-face.

"The first words were 'she doesn't have cancer', " Welch said. " 'She never had cancer' were the second words, and it just blew my mind."

The Susan G. Komen Foundation is also asking questions about Dart. Team Tracy has raised more than $400,000 for them over the past decade. This week, however, Dart's family contacted them with concerns.

"I wouldn't say we're angry," Welch said. "I would say she needs help, and I hope she gets it."

Team Tracy has been dissolved, and several of Team Tracy's social media pages were recently removed.

Those who supported her are hoping for a positive outcome.

"Our whole goal is to give back to the community," Welch said. "And we're really praying good things can come out of this for Susan G. Komen, and Team Tracy."

Attempts by KOMO News to contact Dart were unsuccessful.

Seattle Police say they would investigate this kind of issue, though they couldn't say if there is an open investigation into the case.

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