When Lamar Odom began his foundation, Cathy’s Kids, after his mother passed away from stomach cancer in 2004, he promised that funds raised would go towards cancer research and towards helping underprivileged kids in New York and Los Angeles. However, ESPN recently reported that in the eight years of the foundation’s existence, not one dime has gone towards cancer research.
Getting the funds has definitely not been the problem, as the foundation has reportedly raised $2.2 million so far. Spending has not been the issue, either, as nearly 60 percent of the funds raised — $1.3 million — have gone towards two elite basketball travel teams instead, per ESPN’s findings.
Odom’s charity, though well-intentioned, seems to be entirely misleading in its intentions. Even on Odom and Khloe Kardashian’s joint eBay page, it states that the mission of the charity was to “streamline all [Odom’s] 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.”
In addition, a separate eBay page reportedly exists for Cathy’s Kids that does not even mention cancer research as one of its goals. Instead, the page claims to be raising funds to buy "educational tools such as books and computers, mentoring and tutoring services and recreational opportunities" for underprivileged youth.
Neither Odom nor Kardashian have addressed the issue about their misleading charity mission.