Khloe Kardashian is defending her husband Lamar Odom and insisted he has never misused any funds raised through his charity Cathy’s Kids.
The LA Clippers star was accused on Monday of failing to donate any of the money raised through his foundation to help fight cancer. The organization is named after his late mother Cathy, who died from cancer when he was 12. It was set up with the intention of raising money for underprivileged kids in New York and LA and for cancer research.
ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” claimed there is no evidence that any of the $2.2 million raised through Cathy’s Kids went to a cancer charity, and that $900,000 of the amount is missing.
Khloe, 28, has insisted that Odom personally donated more than 90% of the money raised by Cathy’s Kids and that all of the money was used for its intended purposes.
”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,” Khloe stated on Tuesday.
”The millions of dollars personally contributed by Lamar constituted more than 90% of the money raised by the foundation,” she continued. “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.”