Local cancer patient's photo used in ad without permission

Published: Jan. 17, 2020 at 10:29 PM CST
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A local woman battling cancer has discovered a photo of herself being used in a company's online advertisement, and she says they never asked for her permission.

Brittney Wright was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in January of 2019. She had no idea this company was using her photo until a friend saw it and tagged her in it.

"We are already in a very crummy situation, you don't need to be taking advantage of other cancer patients," said Wright.

Wright has Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She's putting all of her energy into fighting the disease. So when her friend discovered a picture of her online being used in an ad for people with another kind of cancer, she was floored.

"I was shocked when I saw that actually because it's very deceiving. They're using my photo to lie and deceive other cancer patients," said Wright.

The ad claims to get cancer patients thousands of dollars in compensation if they used baby powder and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

"I have Hodgkin's lymphoma, it's a blood cancer. I don't have ovarian cancer and I did not get cancer from talcum powder or baby powder," she said.

Wright believes the photo was taken from her Instagram page, and feels the company still should have asked to use it first.

"If they are a real business helping other cancer patients with ovarian cancer, why didn't they just contact someone they've helped? Because if I was in that situation, I would gladly give my photo if they had helped me," said Wright.

She's worried she isn't the only cancer patient to have this happen to them.

"We're I guess an easier target to be taken advantage of," she said.

Wright says she has a lawyer trying to contact the company to have them take down the ads, and next time, ask for permission.

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