A Stittsville teen fulfilled his goal to raise $1 million to make other kids’ dreams come true but it’s become a nightmare as fraudsters impersonate him on Instagram looking for donations.
“I’m so sad this is happening,” Tysen Lefebvre told followers on Thursday via social media.
The 18-year-old said that a fraudster is sending private messages asking for money – something Lefebvre has never done. Instead, his website missiontoamillion.ca brings visitors to a secure Paypal account benefiting Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario.
He asked supporters to let him know if they’ve been targeted and said he’s reported the impersonator.
Lefebvre recently reached his fundraising goal after vowing when he was just 13 to raise the money to grant 100 kids’ wishes in five years.
He was inspired by getting his own wish: flying to California to meet comedian Adam Sandler.
Lefebvre was born with Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes some skull bones to fuse too soon, affecting the shape of the head and face as well as the hands and feet. He was nine days old when he had the first of 27 surgeries.
Over five years, he’s attended countless community events, even postponing surgeries to fundraise for Tysen’s Mission to a Million.
“Reaching my goal represents that I have succeeded and achieved what I set myself up to do,” Lefebvre said as he neared his goal. “I got to experience first hand the impact a wish can have on a child and that impact continues to affect me daily.”
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