Kylie Jenner donates $500k to cancer hospital after backlash for urging fans to contribute to makeup artist
KYLIE Jenner has confirmed her charitable spirit with a $500,000 donation to a cancer hospital after controversy over her makeup artist's GoFundMe.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashian's star was slammed for not contributing enough cash to Samuel Rauda's medical treatments after his life-threatening car crash.
In a turn of events, Kylie, 23, donated $500,000 to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee in honor of her best friend Harry Hudson.
Harry was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2013, and the makeup mogul stood by his side during various chemo treatments.
The singer's cause also saw contributions from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend's Teen Cancer America, and altogether funded the construction of a "Hey, I'm Here For You Teen Lounge."
In a press release the cancer survivor thanked Kylie for her assistance throughout his illness, gushing: "I am so grateful for Kylie's friendship and the impact she's had on my life and my cancer journey.
"She has always been there for me, and together, we wanted to figure out a way to be there for other young people who are battling this disease."
He continued: "With the help of Teen Cancer America, we were able to contribute the first Hey, I'm Here For You Teen lounge at Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt — a comfortable space for young people undergoing treatment to pursue their passions."
Harry described the lounge construction as "a full-circle moment for [him]," after surviving cancer, adding: "And I am excited to continue growing my partnership with Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and TCA."
The teen lounge itself features space for relaxation, video game set-ups, a big screen television, a wide-array of movie choices, and a calming meditation space.
Kylie began raising money for the cause in 2017, when she dedicated a portion of her Kylie Cosmetics Birthday collection proceeds to Teen Cancer America.
Harry further thanked his billionaire bestie in an Instagram post, saying: "Today is a beautiful day! A couple years ago @kyliejenner & I raised money to build a center for teens going through cancer in hopes of making their experience a little better."
"Today we are so excited to finally announce the completion of the first #HeyImHereForYou Lounge @vumcchildren in Nashville.
"This space is the initial program of my new charity @hihfycharity which is focused on enhancing the lives of teens and young adults undergoing cancer treatment."
The songwriter then directed attention towards Kylie, thanking the celebrity for "always having my back & helping make this dream become a reality."
Kylie recently faced public backlash when she asked her fans to donate to a GoFundMe for her former makeup artist who suffered a life-threatening car crash.
The mom of one donated $5k to the $10k goal, despite having a net worth of over $900 million.
Fans were shocked that the Kylie Cosmetics founder sent so little, as they criticized her for "not doing enough."
Kylie clapped back at the haters, responding: "I feel it's important for me to clear up this false narrative that I've asked fans for money and am not paying for my makeup artist's medical bills.
"Sam isn't my makeup artist and unfortunately we don't have a personal relationship anymore but I worked with him a few years ago and think he's the sweetest.
"I saw my current makeup artist and friend Ariel post about Sam's accident and his family's gofundme and i called Ariel immediately to see what happened to Sam.
"After learning in more detail about the accident it compelled me to visit his gofundme which was set at 10k," she reasoned.
"They had already raised 6k so i put it in 5k to reach their original goal and thought I'd post on my stories to gain more awareness if anyone else felt compelled to share or donate.
"I don't know how all of this got so twisted but his family has reached out through Ariel and are very appreciative of all the donations, prayers, and love towards Sam."
Kylie then continued in a separate post: "Anyone that knows me knows that I do things from the heart and I try to be helpful whenever I can be.
"Let's all stay positive and keep Sam, his family, and anyone you know who is going through a difficult time in our prayers. I hope you have a beautiful day and let's encourage each other to help."
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