Khloe Kardashian’s husband Lamar Odom established his charity Cathy’s Kids in order to pay tribute to his late mother who passed away when he was only twelve-years-old. She died as a result of stomach cancer and he established the charity in order to fight cancer. Despite all of that, TMZ reported that they weren’t sure where the money has gone that was raised by the charity. They said:
But according to official records — obtained by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” — there is no evidence any of the money ever went to fight cancer.
There is proof, however, $1.3 million of the $2.2 million that was raised went toward funding two “elite” youth basketball teams — the insinuation is that the kids on the teams were so good, they were already on college radars for scholarships and other financial help.
Of the remaining $900k, there is no evidence based on available documentation that any of it went to cancer research. In fact, according to OTL, there’s no evidence whatsoever of where the money went.
Khloe has since taken to her official website to address the fraud matter. She said:
It is unfortunate that my husband has been the target of an attack on athletes’ charities, although he has personally contributed approximately $2.2 million to his foundation, Cathy’s Kids, to fulfill its charitable purposes that include helping underprivileged inner-city youth.
The millions of dollars personally contributed by Lamar constituted more than 90% of the money raised by the foundation. All of the funds donated by Lamar and the other contributions to Cathy’s Kids were used for one of the foundation’s intended charitable purposes. Not one penny went to help Lamar personally or any member of his family. No charitable funds were misused, and the IRS has repeatedly given Cathy’s Kids a clean bill of health, confirming that there were no improprieties.
Cathy’s Kids was formed with several purposes in mind, including benefitting underprivileged youth and cancer research. A decision was ultimately made that the charity should focus on one of those purposes — to help enrich the lives of underprivileged inner-city youth. It accomplished that goal. Cathy’s Kids helped fund multiple AAU basketball teams providing underprivileged youth with opportunities enriching their lives, providing financial support for coaching and travel to tournaments, helping inner-city youth on a path toward success and leading many participants to go on to college.
We’re taking it that the matter is now crystal clear?