Category: LOST

LOST 10th Anniversary Reunion at PaleyFest – Ticket Giveaway!

[photo courtesy of The Paley Center for Media, from PaleyFest 2010]
Hello friends, and happy new year! We are so excited to have had the opportunity to purchase a few extra tickets to the LOST 10th Anniversary Reunion panel at PaleyFest in Los Angeles. We acquired 2 pairs of tickets to give away to two very special LOST fans! The event will take place on Sunday, March 16 at 7pm PST, at the Dolby Theater.

Who is eligible to receive these tickets? We are seeking two specific Candidates to attend the panel – LOST fans that are either currently battling cancer or are cancer survivors.

If you fit the description above, and are a huge fan of LOST –  please email Jo (jo at jopinionated dot com) by Friday, January 31. You may also nominate a LOST fan with cancer or a cancer survivor, as long as they wouldn’t mind and will be able to attend* if selected. We would love to give these tickets to true LOST fans that have stories about how the show has affected their life and even perhaps their health. Of course we appreciate your privacy and have no intention of posting or sharing any information contained in your emails.

* While it isn’t necessary that those who win the tickets live in the Los Angeles area, they MUST be able to provide their own transportation, lodging, etc. for themselves and their guests. Cancer Gets LOST is only providing two LOST panel tickets to two winners. In addition, the two fans that win the tickets must be able to guarantee that they can attend (barring any medical emergencies of course); we can only transfer the tickets to another name one time.

We will randomly draw 2 names from a hat after all entries have been received, and notify the winners by February 1.

It will be a great honor for us to share this experience with fellow LOST fans, to attend this incredible event with those who inspire us every day to continue channeling the generosity of passionate fans into raising money for cancer research and cures.


Jared and Jo

The Shape of Things to Come: CGL in 2014!

Hello, LOST friends – and happy 8.23! We’ve missed you and have been feeling unusually nostalgic lately, for two specific reasons.

First, because tomorrow is the 1 year anniversary of our first Cancer Gets LOST live events (webcast and fundraising fan party)! One year ago this week, so many of you generously bid on items in our charity auction, watched the live webcast or attended the fundraising event in Los Angeles. That was an experience that we continue to look back upon quite fondly, and we are still in awe of your incredible contributions and support.

Second, because next year marks 10 years since LOST entered/changed our lives – and we are thrilled to announce that CGL will be hosting and/or sponsoring a live event (to be determined) at LOST 2014 on Oahu! As many of you know, LOST 2014 is the official fan gathering in Hawaii to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of LOST’s debut (9/22/14). To answer the most obvious and frequently asked next question – not yet (cast/crew will be invited but due to their filming schedules/locations and unknown career moves in 2014, we aren’t able to confirm anyone until later next year)! [Side note: I am actually working with the LOST 2014 organizers as their talent liaison, so rest assured that WHEN we are able to announce special guests – you will be among the first to know on all of our various social networks!]

Right now, CGL is in the planning stages for our involvement and partnership with LOST 2014, but here are few details about our plans for next year that we can share:

  1. We are very aware that those of you who plan to attend LOST 2014 will be spending a great deal of money to do so; therefore rest assured that whatever CGL winds up hosting/sponsoring – it will be an affordable option, and every cent will be donated to charity!
  2. There will be a CGL online auction featuring rare and signed memorabilia from a wide variety of television shows and films, which will run concurrently with the events in Hawaii (starting 1 week before and ending 1 week after)! We wanted to offer something for those of you who aren’t attending to participate! Of course the auction will be open to everyone around the world, regardless of whether or not you’re going to be in Hawaii. * Please note: winning bidders will be responsible for all auction item shipping costs and insurance.
  3. 100% of the proceeds from the CGL LOST 2014 event and CGL 2014 auction will go directly to the American Cancer Society, our charity of choice for next year!

Stay tuned for more details – and thank you for your continued interest and support!

Please ‘like’ the official LOST 2014 Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for updates. The Team Behind the Curtain is working very diligently in the hopes of offering fans good travel deals, island tour options and (fingers crossed) a Pilot screening! By the way – if you’re interested, they just started a LOST re-watch and are also seeking a logo designer; all of the details are on their site and FB page!

Just a reminder – you can also follow CGL on FB & Twitter. 🙂


– Jo

Help Us Help Alex (Not Rousseau)!

As you know, earlier this year we raised over $60,000 for the National Brain Tumor Society through an online auction, live webcast and fundraising party – all of which was a direct result of your overwhelming and very appreciated generosity!

For those who are interested in making another (or first time) charitable, tax-deductible contribution before the end of 2012, we would like to offer you an incentive! Among the many causes that Cancer Gets LOST supports, we are a huge fan of Alex’s Lemonade Stand – an organization dedicated to childhood cancer research. If you make a donation to their foundation in any amount by December 31, 2012 and email us your receipt, you will be automatically entered to receive one of the following items in return:

  • 1 limited edition “Jacob Loves You” 14×20 mini-poster, created by Cancer Gets LOST co-founder Jared W! [50 available] – OR –

  • 1 LOST S6 DVD set, donated & signed by Damon Lindelof [10 available]

PLUS: everyone who makes a donation to Alex’s Lemonade Stand in any amount will receive one of our limited edition CGL wristbands!

To recap:

1) Make a donation directly to Alex’s Lemonade Stand via this link by December 31, 2012

2) Email your receipt to jo [at] jopinionated [dot] com

3) PLEASE note in your email which item you’d like the most, in order (i.e. 1 – DVD, 2 – poster). We will try to accommodate your preferences but supplies are very limited and names will be drawn randomly!

4) Include your shipping address. Apologies, but this giveaway is open ONLY within the U.S.; our personal shipping funds are depleted from the auction, and we can only afford to ship within the U.S. IF you live outside of the U.S., make a donation and are willing to pay for shipping via Paypal, we can make an exception.

Thank you in advance for your consideration!



Orientation: CGL Charity Webcast & Fundraising Event This Saturday (8/25)!


Noon-4pm PST: live streaming charity webcast w/LOST alum
7pm-11pm PST: fundraising event at Monk Space in LA


Tune in this Saturday from noon-4pm PST as we host a live webcast with LOST alum (both cast and creative team)! Although the webcast will be streaming live online for everyone around the world to watch, the event itself is closed to the public.

During the webcast, we will be reminiscing and catching up with LOST actors and editors/producers/writers, as well as debuting a series of original videos. We will also be promoting items in our charity auction, as well as reminding viewers that they can make donations directly to the National Brain Tumor Society through specific links (which will be released tomorrow) that will count toward our overall fundraising efforts! As you know, 100% of the proceeds raised during the auction, webcast and fundraising event will benefit the NBTS. Stay tuned for details about the limited edition items we will be giving out in exchange for charitable contributions to the NBTS!

* You don’t need to be a LOST fan to enjoy the broadcast; the guests will be talking about their new films and television shows, and it is very likely that a variety of pop culture topics will be discussed!

Bookmark the official Cancer Gets LOST live webcast stream in advance! {In the rare event of Livestream network outage, here is our backup webcast URL!}

CONFIRMED Guests for the Cancer Gets LOST live charity webcast:

  • L. Scott Caldwell, LOST: Actress (Rose), Seasons 1-6
  • Andrea Gabriel, LOST: Actress (Nadia), Seasons 1-6
  • Jorge Garcia, LOST: Actor (Hurley), Seasons 1-6
  • Mark Goldman, LOST: Editor, Seasons 1-6
  • Javier Grillo-Marxuach, LOST: Supervising Producer & Writer, Seasons 1-2
  • Neil Hopkins, LOST: Actor (Liam Pace), Seasons 1-6
  • Jeff “Doc” Jensen, Entertainment Weekly: Senior Writer & Totally ‘LOST’ Analyst
  • Daniel Roebuck, LOST: Actor (Dr. Arzt), Seasons 1-6
  • Elizabeth Sarnoff, LOST: Executive Producer & Writer, Seasons 1-6

More special guests are pending (due to their filming schedules), and once they are confirmed – we will update the list here!


On Saturday at Monk Space in Los Angeles from 7pm-11pm PST, we are hosting an official Cancer Gets LOST fundraising event for the NBTS! We will be featuring LOST trivia, giveaways and more, and items from our charity auction will be on display.

You don’t have to actually be a LOST fan to attend; the event is open to everyone, and will be a fantastic social gathering of fellow pop culture nerds – all for a great cause!


No advance tickets are necessary, and admission at the door will be $20 ($10 for guests under 21). 100% of all money collected will be donated to the National Brain Tumor Society! We will have separate wristbands for guests over and under 21, so please bring your ID. You may want to bring extra cash, as we have many LOST and other TV related goodies to give away via $2 raffle tickets (proceeds benefit the NBTS), there will be 2 limited edition posters for sale (also to benefit the NBTS), and there will be a food truck outside of the venue (Philly Please)!


Due to space limitations and fire codes that we must observe at the venue, only 200 guests will be allowed inside at any time. Please keep this in mind when planning your travel and evening! There is ample street parking along Western Avenue, and you will see a Cancer Gets LOST banner hanging on the outside of Monk Space. Please read street signs carefully, as the venue itself is on a primarily residential street.

Monk Space: 4414 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles CA 90004


** Because our #1 goal is to raise money for the cause through the charity auction, we kindly ask that you please do NOT bring items to the event to get signed by special guests – as doing so would essentially be countering our fundraising efforts via the auction. Thank you in advance for your consideration!


Please RSVP to the event on our Facebook event page, or email party[at]cancergetslost[dot]org.


Special guests will be invited, but we cannot guarantee appearances ahead of time. However, they will be announced here as they are confirmed. We are thrilled to announce that actress Andrea Gabriel will be joining us! As you know, she played Nadia on LOST for 6 seasons. She also just filmed an arc on Gossip Girl and will be appearing in Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.


Jared & Jo

So It Begins: The Charity Auction is Now Open for Bids!

Auction Now Open!

The Cancer Gets LOST charity auction is now open for bidding! We have added quite a number of fantastic new items over the last two weeks, so please be sure to check them out!

Note that you must first be registered before you can bid (registration is free). We have also crafted an FAQ for the auction, which should hopefully answer most of your questions!

The auction will close on August 29th, 2012, when the first item closes at 3:16pm ET. Please remember that absolutely 100% of all proceeds will go directly to the National Brain Tumor Society, so please bid with open hearts!

Namaste… and good luck!

-Jared & Jo

The Items Behind The Curtain: Auction Preview Now Open!

It is with great pleasure that we are able to finally unveil the items that we have been acquiring over the past 2 years for the official Cancer Gets LOST Charity Auction!

From autographed television memorabilia (LOST, Once Upon a Time, Person of Interest, Fringe, and more!) to limited edition/rare prints and awesome artwork to signed scripts and actual furniture from the LOST survivors’ beach camp – there is something for everyone! All items are affordably priced; opening bids start as low as $4! With the exception of the heavy furniture and larger art, the cost of shipping is factored in/included in the bidding price of each item. And we will ship anywhere around the world!

The auction will be in “Preview” mode until 8/15, when it officially opens for bidding at 1:08pm ET. The auction will close on 8/29 beginning at 3:16pm ET. Absolutely 100% of every Penny will go directly to the National Brain Tumor Society, so please bid with your hearts, and help us kill the ultimate Monster that is cancer.

So without further ado, we present the auction preview! Please remember to pre-register on the site so that you will be able to bid on items once the auction opens officially on 8/15.

Thank you, and namaste!

– Jared & Jo

Bid Together, Buy Alone: The Cancer Gets LOST Charity Auction!

Beginning Wednesday, August 1, you will have the opportunity to peruse the items we have been acquiring for the last two years! The auction features many authentic and autographed items from your favorite shows (LOST, Community, Fringe, Once Upon a Time and Person of Interest).

Bookmark the official Cancer Gets LOST auction site now, and pre-register if you’re interested!

The auction itself officially opens for bidding on Wednesday, 8/15 (naturally) at 1:08pm ET, and will remain open until Wednesday, 8/29 at 3:16pm ET.

100% of the proceeds from every single item will go directly to the National Brain Tumor Society. All winning bids will be processed as donations to the NBTS, and are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

We are not touching or pocketing one Penny (heh), and with the exception of a few larger items, shipping costs are factored in/included in the bidding prices!

– Jared and Jo

Dr. Linus

Met up with Michael Emerson (Benjamin Linus on LOST, and currently Harold Finch on Person of Interest) at a benefit for Reading Opens Minds in LA… and thanks to him, we now have several items autographed for our charity auction in August!

And as an added bonus, here’s a clip of Michael doing a reading of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens!

Person of Interest returns for a second season this Fall on CBS.

Further Instructions

It is with great pleasure that we are able to finally announce the venue for the official Cancer Gets LOST Party, to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society!

We will be hosting the event at Monk Space (4414 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90004) on the evening of August 25th, 2012 from 7pm to 11pm. Join us for LOST trivia, giveaways, and more! Items from the charity auction (taking place that week) will be on display and special guests will be invited, but we cannot guarantee appearances ahead of time. However, they will be announced as they are confirmed!

Admission at the door will be a donation of any amount $5 or more to the National Brain Tumor Society, which can be made either in cash at the door or online via limited laptop Stations at the party. We will have separate wristbands for guests over and under 21 – so please remember to bring your ID! No advance tickets are necessary, but we do ask that you please RSVP via our Facebook event page. If you are not on Facebook, simply RSVP by emailing party[at]cancergetslost[dot]org!

You don’t have to be a LOST fan to attend – it will be a gathering of fellow pop culture nerds, all for a great cause!

Of course, as further details are finalized, we will be sure to keep everyone updated. Until then, namaste, and we look forward to meeting everyone on 8/25!

– Jared & Jo

Guest Post: Nobody Does It Alone (by Karen Mauro)

Many of us live by the motto “Live Together, Die Alone.”  This couldn’t be more fitting than right now.

When I learned that my dear friends Jo and Jared teamed up and created Cancer Gets LOST, I couldn’t have been more proud of them.  It made perfect sense for them to join forces for the cause, the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS), and to reach out to all of us to raise awareness in the spirit of LOST.

The LOST community is a special group of people who are more than just fans.  I’ve witnessed deep caring and bonding between people who may never have met without LOST.  It immersed us all in a brain teasing mystery, but more importantly it opened our eyes to the human spirit, the importance of community and having compassion and love for our fellow Losties.

Jo and Jared are deeply motivated by how cancer touched their lives and loved ones.  We all know people whose lives have been changed or devastated by this disease – me included. I know firsthand how important it is for a community to work together to raise awareness and funds to eradicate this horrible disease via various charities.  Twenty five years ago, the type of rare cancer I ended up fighting had a very low survival rate.  If it wasn’t for cancer research and progress over the years, I wouldn’t have been able to be treated with very aggressive chemo and radiation, and come out the other side with better odds.  In my case – I’m a survivor.  It makes my heart hurt when I think about people currently fighting their battles and longing for the loved ones we’ve lost.  Cancer sucks!

When LOST aired on September 22, 2004, I didn’t think or realize that there was cancer growing inside of me.  I wasn’t feeling 100%, but the thought of a life-changing diagnosis never crossed my mind.  Alas, it did.  I was diagnosed with a rare cancer on November 8, 2004, and life for me was forever changed.  Please forgive me for keeping the type of cancer I had private.

As strong and motivated as I was to fight my battle, there came a point where I was totally broken.  LOST had already taken root in my heart and soul, and thus played a major role in completely changing my life.  I don’t think there is anyone out there who truly knows how important LOST is to me and how much of a role it plays in my life. I become very affected as those many feelings and memories engulf me.  I can’t even really articulate my sentiments without becoming emotionally overwhelmed by the magnitude of my journey and its connection to LOST.

My LOST experience transcended it just being a great TV show filmed on a beautiful island with gorgeous lost people – it was so much more.  LOST was a beacon – a lighthouse.  LOST became a beautiful and valued teacher whose lessons enlightened my life on a grand scale, while simultaneously acting as my escape from cancer.  The deeply moving LOST music played a role as well, becoming the soundtrack of my life.  There wasn’t much going on in my head while I was undergoing intense chemo and radiation treatments.  So while my mind was free and I had tiny moments of clarity, I wanted to absorb all that the multi-layered LOST story had to offer.

Being a cancer patient is terrifying and confusing.   I did fight strongly and stay positive for a long time, but that didn’t discount that fact that silently I was scared about everything- my family’s suffering through my cancer, the treatments, the outcome, my purpose and destiny, my life, my death, and the fear about my future.  I’ll never forget how scared I was at my very first radiation session.  I was so petrified that my nervous, trembling body shook the table.  To calm myself down, in my mind’s eye I instantly envisioned me on The Island and utilized Jack’s “count to five” technique.  I let the fear in – but only for five seconds.  In all honesty, it didn’t work the very first time I tried it, but I followed up right away with another few sets of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 until my brain adjusted to how the idea worked. I use this method often.

I have consciously placed myself on The Island countless times since LOST aired.  The show was with me every step of the way, and continues on with me today.  There is no way I could list every example of how LOST touched me over those six seasons, as the tally on such a list would end up being as thick as a DHARMA Initiative Operations Manual.  The extraordinary thread of the LOST story began in one person’s mind as an idea; it was then brought to the attention of other creative people who decided to send the story out into the world.  It evolved and its thread reached all corners of the universe, where it connected the hearts and minds of many people.  The show has a special place in many fans’ lives.  There are others who have been touched and influenced by this show, especially in challenging times, and that makes me very happy.  Many of us received something awesome from the special LOST box, and for me it was a gift.

I wouldn’t be here today without all the people and experiences I needed to see me though the darkest and yet most transforming time in my life; my loving family, friends, doctors/nurses, and everyone on TEAM LOST.  I appreciate you all for your unwavering loving support, your invaluable guidance, and your strength – when I didn’t have any left.

Pardon me while I interject a short note to my constant, Team LOST:

Dear Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Michael Giacchino, and all on Team LOST,

How can I thank you for six seasons that touched my soul and brought me so much joy and taught me so much?  You may not have set out to impact anyone’s life – but you did.  You held the hand of a stranger while you guided me through the journey that would enrich me, change me, and awaken me. You showed me hope and encouraged me to believe. Your driving force helped me fight many monsters and find my way out of the dark.  I still have a way to go on my path and I’m trying my best, but it is with your groundwork that I continue to grow. You remain my source of inspiration in many, many ways.  What can I say…?  I love you all and you are forever in my heart.

Much love and appreciation,


It is necessary to support cancer research consciously and monetarily.  It is very important to champion the people you love during their time fighting this disease with your friendly smile, kind and positive words, love and compassion…and a few home cooked meals help as well.  For my friends fighting the fight right now – I feel you and the fear you face, and you are in my thoughts and my heart.

When I got sick, I didn’t set out to find something or someone who would make my journey make any sense, but it found me…  LOST found me.  As for me, I’ve been through a lot in my life.  I’m still here and well and still trying to find my purpose in life.  I hope someday to fulfill a special and positive destiny, and I dream my path will cross with those who made such an impact on my life.

Again, thanks to Jo and Jared for your dedication and perseverance in making your charity a reality, and for connecting all of us Losties for the greater good.  To all of my friends from Team LOST, your generous help, love and support for the cause is greatly appreciated.  It will be awesome to see all of the LOST auction items that have been selflessly donated to raise money and to share a piece of magical history with other LOST fans.  And I’m excited to tune in to the live streaming webcast for some amazing LOST conversation with their special guests.  THAT will be LOSTastic!

I encourage you to bid on LOST memorabilia and/or to make a donation.  Together let’s kick cancer’s ass!  After all, nobody does it alone.


-Karen “Shortcake” Mauro @KarensLostNotes

Karen’s Lost Notebook, Karen’s Adventures in Storybrooke

PS:  Here is the link to the original post sharing my cancer story with the LOST universe.

* Jared and I are honored that Karen chose to share her very personal story with us and with you, and want to thank her for her courage and support. Karen will be joining us at the Cancer Gets LOST Fan Appreciation Party on August 25, so we hope you all get the opportunity to meet her! She is an amazing human being with a heart the size of an island. – Jo