St. Jude Official Confirms Eric Trump Raised $16.3M to Benefit Hospital









St. Jude Children's Research Hospital of Tennessee confirmed that Eric Trump has helped raise $16.3 million for the hospital over the last decade, according to The New York Times.




The president of the hospital's fundraising organization, Richard C. Shadyac Jr., wrote the letter to the Eric Trump Foundation, agreeing with an account that Eric Trump gave in which he said the fundraising happened even though available tax records show less than half that amount, The Times reports.



Trump, his sister-in-law, and a Trump Organization official will also remove themselves from the Eric Trump Foundation's executive committee.

The Trump Organization will still raise money for St. Jude — which offers free care for sick children — at its hotels and golf courses, but it will ask donors to contribute directly to the hospital, not go through the Trump charity, The Times reports.



"I am amazed by the many ways that you have personally embraced our cause and cared for our children and families," Shadyac, wrote in his letter.




"As you are aware, we are expanding our lifesaving work and are working to push cure rates even higher in this country and around the world, while improving the lives of survivors by developing and advancing treatments that reduce side effects. We are only able to do this because of the support provided by donors and supporters like you."



Eric Trump, one of President-elect Donald Trump's sons, said he would remove his name from the charity organization to handle any possible conflicts of interest with his father's presidency. He also announced that he, along with his 16-member board would suspend the charity's operations.



Eric Trump said he would continue to be a "vocal advocate" for St. Jude, according to the Times.

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