ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) -- Imagine losing a child and then finding out someone is using his name on a bogus foundation to raise money and the person doing it is a family member.
All of the sudden Karen Fowler hates the spotlight, but her foundation was looking for publicity until News 4 got involved.
Fowler's so called nonprofit - Keeon Fight For Cancer Foundation - is named after Keeon Dunlap. Dunlap’s mother lives in North St. Louis.
Robin Dunlap Called News 4’s Chris Nagus after she discovered her cousin, Karen, was holding fund raisers on the other side of the state: Selling tickets online to raise money in her son’s name.
News 4 asked our sister station in Kansas City, KCTV, to meet with Karen here's what she had to say
Before she knew cameras were rolling, Fowler said, “I started a foundation a year and a half ago for a kid that died of cancer.”
But, according to Keeon's mom, that's a lie. “They are saying he died of cancer? Did he die of cancer? No he didn’t.”
Dunlap says Keeon died of Muscular Dystrophy, but that's not stopping Karen from telling a phony story.
One that gets more elaborate, Karen told KCTV the money raised leads a house raffle - and she's had quite a few of them. She plans on giving away 100 this year.
“I give the money to Children's Mercy. They are building a cancer research center so I donated 100k to them last year,” she said.
“Karen needs to be stopped she's out of control,” Dunlap said.
According to Missouri Secretary of State Records, Karen incorporated her nonprofit in Keeons name, but in late 2013 it was dissolved or revoked.
So we brought out the cameras, and Karen’s attitude and answers changed.
“I ain’t raised a dime on this not a dime,” she said. I ain’t got no donation right now I’m homeless because I gave so much I don’t even have a place to live.
It's a sad story concocted in the name of a dead child whose mother wants it to stop.
She's convinced Karen has raised money, or she wouldn't be doing it. She doesn't think any of it is helping people with cancer.
“They are not intelligent people; not smart enough to run a foundation that takes smarts.”
Karen Fowler appears to be busy with her latest foundation - the M, M and M fight for terminal illness foundation. It’s apparently designed to help the homeless and people with felonies get jobs.