Correction: Notre Dame-Te'o-Fundraiser story
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In a story Jan. 17 about a hoax involving Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and a fictional dead girlfriend, The Associated Press reported erroneously that alumnus Dan Tudesco launched a cancer fundraiser in the woman's memory after a video of Te'o reacting to the Irish's loss in the national championship game went viral. The video showed Tudesco.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Fundraiser 'shell-shocked' by Te'o girlfriend hoax
Notre Dame alum who launched fundraiser in memory of Te'o girlfriend 'shell-shocked' by hoax
By CHARLES WILSON
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A University of Notre Dame graduate who launched a campaign to raise money for a cancer research group in memory of linebacker Manti Te'o's girlfriend says he is "shell-shocked" to learn the woman didn't exist.
Dan Tudesco, a 2006 graduate who now works in public relations in New York, set up an online account at fundraising website indiegogo.com on Jan. 9 to solicit $5,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Inc. The initial pitch said donations would go to the society in memory of Lennay Kekua, who reportedly died last fall, and in honor of Te'o, "two individuals who have been an inspiration to us through an iconic season."
Tudesco said he and three friends got the fundraising idea after a seeing a video that went viral of Tudesco holding his head in dismay during the Irish's 42-14 loss to Alabama in the national championship game on Jan. 7.
The goal was to turn the loss — and the player's sudden popularity — into something positive.
"I think we were all kind of disappointed in the result of the game ... and the Manti story was very inspirational," Tudesco told The Associated Press on Thursday.