Eric Trump’s foundation reportedly raised over $16M for children’s hospital
President-elect Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump helped raise more than $16 million for Memphis, Tennessee-based St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital over the last decade, N.Y. Times reported.
According to the report, 33-year-old Trump raised $16.3 million through the Eric Trump Foundation for the hospital; and Richard C. Shadyac Jr., the president of the hospital’s fundraising organization, praised Trump for his support in a letter written dated Dec. 30.
However, he will no longer use his namesake foundation to raise funds for any missions because of the perception that any such donations could be tied to access to his president-elect father. He called the pronouncement a “heartbreaking” decision.
When asked for a comment, he said, “It’s truly one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever had to do … We raised so much money for St. Jude. The second somebody is elected into public office, you’re no longer given the benefit of the doubt no matter how good your track record was, no matter how much you’ve done.”
St. Jude’s 328,000 square feet Kay Research Care Center in Tennessee includes the Eric Trump Foundation Surgery and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Center.
Even as the junior Trump has declared his decision to stop raising funds for his namesake foundation, he stressed that that he would continue to be a vocal advocate for the ongoing battle against pediatric cancer and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital’s mission.