Lamar Odom created the Cathy’s Kids charity after the death of his mother from stomach cancer in 2004 to raise money for cancer research and to help under-priveleged children. It sounds like a great cause, but according to new reports, the charity hasn’t given a dime to any cancer entity during its eight year run — even though the organization has reportedly raised $2.2 million to date.
ESPN states that tax records for Cathy’s Kids reveal that the organization “never gave any grant money to cancer-related causes and that the charity primarily existed to finance two elite youth basketball travel teams.” Of the organization’s $2.2 million, about $1.3 million was given to those AAU teams which means that Lamar’s mission to help under-priveleged children was fulfilled.
The couple’s eBay page claims that Cathy’s Kids “was developed as a means for Lamar to streamline all his charitable efforts and focus on making a positive impact on the lives of under-privileged children, as well as targeting a disease that has played a significant role in his life, cancer. Lamar is focused on ensuring that funds are available for under-privileged youth that live in the inner cities of New York and Los Angeles.”
So, while their may not been donations made to cancer research as planned, Lamar did give about 60% of all proceeds to the under-priveleged. A second eBay page dedicated to Cathy’s Kids makes no mention of cancer research. Instead, it states that Lamar is focus on providing important “educational tools such as books and computers, mentoring and tutoring services and recreational opportunities” to kids. Could this mean that Lamar’s mission simply changed?
Khloe is also actively participating in the charity efforts by auctioning off her clothing, shoes, and accessories in her own eBay store which states, “All auction items benefit Cathy’s Kids, a Lamar Odom Foundation.”
Neither Lamar nor Khloe have yet to comment on the situation.
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