A hospital has confirmed that Eric Trump helped raise $16.3 million for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Tennessee over the past 10 years or so, according to a letter from a hospital official.
Trump is preparing to remove his name from the charity to avoid a conflict of interest.
He said that he raised as much as $15 million for the hospital.
There were questions about Trump’s foundation raising as much as he had claimed after tax records showed a smaller amount. But the letter, obtained by the New York Times on Friday, said he actually raised $16.3 million.
“I am amazed by the many ways that you have personally embraced our cause and cared for our children and families,” Richard C. Shadyac Jr., head of the hospital’s fund-raising organization, wrote in the letter to Trump, according to the Times.
He added: “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.”
As the Washington Post reported, President-elect Donald Trump’s son announced on Dec. 22 his foundation would be stopping its fundraising activities due to potential issues involving donations and access to his family.