EAGLE, Colo -- A Colorado mountain community is outraged after learning a campaign to help a child dying of leukemia was worthless, because the child never existed.
The story, which was first reported over the weekend by the Vail Daily newspaper, is forcing students and staff at Eagle Valley High School to question how a fictional child could be created and celebrated.
"I think there has to be an explanation to all the kids...that's my opinion," said Giovanni Novella, a high school senior.
Novella was one of several students caught off guard by the news that the child, Alex Jordon, never had Leukemia or even lived in Colorado.
FOX 31 Denver reached out to the home of the woman identified in the local newspaper about the story, however her family had no comment on Sunday evening.
The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is believed to be investigating the situation, but as of late Sunday night no charges had been filed.
"I feel bad that the whole thing happened and it turned out not to be true, at the same time I'm incredibly proud of the way people stood up," said Pam Boyd, a reporter with the Vail Daily who first reported Alex's disease and death.
The newspaper published an apology over the weekend to its readers for first reporting the child's situation.