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Odom, Kardashian Charity A Scam? Cathy’s Kids Isn’t Helping Cancer Research

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Lamar Odom and Kim Kardashian may be involved in a charity scam.

According to a report by ESPN, Odom’s charity Cathy’s kids hasn’t donated a cent to cancer research since it was founded in 2004.

The report, called “Outside the Lines,” examines several charities started by professional athletes. ESPN found that Odom’s charity, as well as several charities founded by other athletes, weren’t living up to their charitable expectations.

ESPN writes: “NBA forward Lamar Odom’s charity that promised money for cancer research has not given a dime in grant money to any cancer entity in its eight-year history.”

Odom started Cathy’s Kids in 2004 after he lost his mother to stomach cancer. The mission statement for the charity states that the NBA player is “committed to help causes that are focused on finding a cure and helping people who suffer from the disease.”

It turns out that Lamar believes the best way to find a cure for people with stomach cancer is by playing basketball. According to the report, Cathy’s Kids has spent about $1.3 million to fund elite youth basketball travel teams.

Cathy’s Kids has raised about $2.2 million since it was founded and tax documents show that the majority of that money went to fund youth basketball teams. The funds have also reportedly been used to pay Jerry DeGregorio, the secretary of the charity, $72,000 a year.

Do you think Lamar Odom, and Khloe Kardashian’s charity is a scam?

OMG! reports that the charity has been “dormant” for years but it is still collecting money. Khloe Kardashian has even been selling her used clothes and accessories on eBay in order to raise money for Cathy’s Kids.

The eBay page reads: “Khloe Kardashian, reality TV celebrity from Keeping up with the Kardashians on E! and Lamar Odom, NBA basketball legend, are opening up their fashion wardrobes to eBay. Bid on fabulous items from both their personal collections. All auction items benefit Cathy’s Kids, a Lamar Odom Foundation.”

Do you think the Odom, Kardashian charity is a scam?

Lamar hasn’t commented on the report but ESPN did catch up to the player earlier this year. When asked about how the charity was using its funds, Odom responded: “It’s my money.”

Andrew Bondarowicz, who runs a group that advices athletes about charitable endeavors, said: “It’s not your money … Once the money is put in the charity, it is no longer his private money.”

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32 Responses to “Odom, Kardashian Charity A Scam? Cathy’s Kids Isn’t Helping Cancer Research”

  1. Valerie Smith

    It is sad that amny people who start these non-profit's seem to not be involved with them and do not donate. They expect the lower income brakets to all the donating. I am guessing that they think that by attaching their name is worth millions of dollars! The sad part is that many people donate based on a certain celebrity endorsement….so in a sad way they are goeeting people who may not normally donate to actually donate. What we need are people who do not care if a " Star" is endorsing the NFP and just donate because they care. I think he and other "Stars" should be donating a good percentage of their income and that amout should be available on the NFP website so we can see exactly how much they contribute (including time spent involved with the NFP). Also documentation of them attending meetings and that the meeting minutes show they were there and vocally involved with that meeting.

  2. Sonia Anderson

    Lamar Khloe and the charity are all scams and fakes. This is what in the criminal justice system we call misappropriation of funds. Lock them up.

  3. Dora Glasberg

    "It's my money"?
    Stupidest answer on the planet.

  4. Eric Jubenville

    Did you know the Federal Reserve prints money out of thin air and loans it out with a huge interest attached to it that will always keep us taxpaying citizens in debt. This and every other story the mainstream media puts out is just another way of keeping people distracted.

  5. Hector Colón

    it may no longer be his private money, but no one can tell him what his charity can fund…. if he feels he can support basketball for youth then hes sharing it with someone its not like he's buying shit with it…. y'all are retarded.

  6. Kelly Teninty

    First of all for it to be a scam that would mean that Lamar and Khloe kept the money for themselves – which is not the case.. Second and probably most importantly, Kim is probably behind this article to slam her sister, so people will stop commenting about her fat, adultery and out of wedlock baby…

  7. Velvet Kay Denney

    Scam indeed. 72K to the secretary is also too much to be paid out of charity money. Why doesn't the secretary donate his time? I'm sure he isn't donating to the charity otherwise. And the Kardashians are a waste of time. Why are they famous? They did what? Oh their mother married an Olympic star that's it.

  8. Linda Ponting

    Tell me, has one dime gone as a donation for cancer or overseas from Lamar Odom or any Kardashian or Kanye West ever? They are all the most self-centered people I have ever heard of and just feed off the people that watch their stupidest reality show I ever saw. Are Kim and Kanye going to give the money they get from People magazine as a donation to an organization like Jolie and Pitt did when they show off their baby? Losers. Say no more.

  9. Jackie Kersten

    If this is about Lamar and Khloe, why does it say Lamar and Kim at the top? lol

    Aside from that…I am shocked to hear this news (if it's true). You'd think that if it was something very dear to you, you'd stand by it; considering he started this charity in honor of his Mother, you'd think it would be very important to him. SMH

  10. Behroz Shari

    That is the Idea! Dodging the tax laws and getting publicity and popularity at the same time. In not so rare cases the money is not getting far from their close vicinity either !! So it is a very lucrative business the so called charity funds specially while it is being funded by others rather than the people who are promoting it!

  11. Joey Jenkins

    God don't like ugly. A cancer charity for basketball. Damn. I didn't know dribbling a ball cured cancer. Somebody tell the American Cancer Society to go home , their job is done.

  12. Melissa Rodriguez

    That sounds like a money-hungry bastard to me! Its probably paying for all the fertility treatments Khloe is receiving.They need to be punished for this! That's BULLS##T!

  13. Anonymous

    This Nimrod must be buying Crack with "His Money" because idiotic answers like that can only be attributed to being high or at least that should be his out for not reading his charities mission statement and by laws!

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