For my own mental health, I am trying to avoid a lot of the heavier topics that I might normally cover on Tamara Tattles. However, I still receive emails asking me about topics like the #KillAllCancer website being shut down. So here is what I know based on court filings.
Based on the documents I’ve read on-line, this all started with a guy named Jay Jordan. Jay’s father died a few years ago of multiple myeloma, a cancer formed by malignant plasma cells in bone marrow. At that time, Jay and his uncle Jeff Jordan, brother of the deceased cancer victim wanted to do something to raise funds for cancer research. Just like many of us who have lost someone to cancer, or survived a cancer diagnosis, or have someone we love currently battling cancer do, Jay wanted to KILL ALL CANCER just the same way the #CancerSucks hashtag is often used, Jay began promoting the hashtag #KillAllCancer on the Internet. Jay wanted to start a movement similar to LIVESTRONG. At some point, Vicki had conversations with Jay about his charitable acts.
Still with me?
IN MY OPINION, based on just my personal observation, it seems to me, that Vicki saw an opportunity that could benefit her in two ways. First, she could sign on to work with a cancer charity and publicize Jay’s hashtag and get some positive publicity that perhaps she thought would improve her image after the Brooks disaster. Secondly, she could use the situation as a way to sell cancer insurance through her company. I know what you are thinking. That second benefit is something she should have left on the table. If we give Vicki the fullest benefit of the doubt though, cancer insurance really is a very smart thing to have in this day and age to keep families from going bankrupt when a family member gets cancer. At any rate, this what I think Vicki was thinking.
Contrary to what we saw on the show, Vicki approached Jay and asked to be a spokesperson for his hashtag. At this point, Uncle Jeff registered the hashtag as a non-profit corporation in Florida. Uncle Jeff is a former IRS attorney. He did not apply for 501c status because there was to be no fundraising involved. Uncle Jeff added Vicki on to the board of the corporation since she asked to be a part of the venture.
In June, Jay put up the website. It was kind of a hot mess. It seemed to be saying that the corporation was not going to accept donations directly, but was going to be some sort of middle man for donations. And they were going to sell bracelets. But you could only buy two bracelets because…who knows? It was all a weird incomprehensible site that I kept assuming would be more comprehensible once they got their act together. But that never really happened.
The site NEVER solicited donations. And the bracelets were never sold. The only thing that you could really do on the site is send your personal information to Coto Insurance who would tend, one assumes try to sell you cancer insurance.
Prior to the website, and using the same #KillAllACancer hashtag was a Go Fund Me Site. This was the only place you could donate and according to Uncle Jeff, former IRS attorney, these donations went straight to City Of Hope.
At this point I should point out that Uncle Jeff lives in Maryland and Jay lives in Arizona. So it seems odd that the funds were given to City of Hope which is near Vicki. But this whole thing is weird.
Still following along? It’s complicated which is why I was trying to skip this post entirely.
So at this point we have a crappy website that makes no sense and seems to serve no purpose other than sell insurance. And sort of a companion Go Fund Me site where you can donate to City of Hope. I’m pretty sure City of Hope has other ways to accept donations from the public, but this is the situation at hand.
Then, along comes some guy named Michael Lissack, a Masshole from Marblehead whose job is listed as “professional organizer.” For reasons that cannot be determined, Michael decided that of all the problems in the world, this ridiculous cancer/not cancer site with no ability to receive donations was his number one priority in life. Michael wants to take down the website and the Go Fund Me page. I’ll spare you how he did all that, but he did. Then he filed a complaint with the California Attorney General’s office as well because he has a whole lot of spare time in between his professional organizing gigs.
So now the website that never had a method for collecting a dime, as well as the Go Fund Me site for City of Hope are no more. Great job, Michael. You have saved the world from evil.
Or wasted a lot of time making me explain this non-story to my readers.
On Saturday a strange mix of housewives were at the 20th Anniversary of Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, Vicki was there and ET asked her about the shutdown. Never one to avoid saying something stupid, Vicki said, “I just shut it down because there was a lot of naysayers out there. I’m not going to do something that’s going to be criticized when I did it from a good place. And it wasn’t my charity. I was just a spokesperson for it. So it wasn’t mine.”
Typical Vicki. “I shut it down because I wanted to!” and then, “But it wasn’t mine!”
Off to watch the RHOOC idiots embarrass us in Ireland.
Now please stop emailing me about this never-ending crap.