Category: PanCAN

2018 CGL Charity Auction Donation & Thank You!


Cancer Gets Lost is incredibly grateful to everyone that very kindly participated in our 2018 online charity auction in July. Thanks to your absolutely amazing generosity, we raised over $50,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network! The final amount being donated to PanCAN is $55,000, in honor of my mother-in-law Carolyn.

The auction itself raised just over $51,000 but there were a few non-payments, so CGL decided to tap into our reserves and round up the donation to an even $55K! Huge thank you to those that kindly made direct donations to CGL during our auction; we also included your financial contributions in the final amount donated to PanCAN.

In the interest of complete transparency: as is the case with all CGL charity auctions, we do not keep or earn even $.01 from the auction.

Thank You!

A note of genuine thanks to the following friends of CGL, all of whom contributed time behind the scenes to help bring our 2018 online charity auction to life! From waiting in long lines at Cons to get multiple auction items signed, to creating graphics, to auction photography sessions and inventory assistance, CGL is supported by rock stars: Blythe J, Brittany D, David H, Fong S, Frances N, Jared W, Jen S, Josh G, Layhan B, Lauren S, Lisa C, Meg D, Rick O & Sarah G.

In addition, a shout-out of gratitude to CGL Co-Founder Jared Wong, James Frazier/Walker Stalker Con and Heroes & Villains Fan Fest for unparalleled auction item autograph acquisitions!

And of course we must acknowledge the tremendously generous fans from across all fandoms that supported our online charity auction, and every single person that kindly donated items (a majority of our inventory)! We also appreciate every fan artist that donated art for our auction, and are grateful for the many contributions from AbbyAgathe CAlisha DJessica YKate TKira BKylie C & Sarah C!

And the cast/crew/creative teams from The 100, LOST and Wynonna Earp really went out of their way to contribute and sign items for CGL this year. Love and hugs!

Throughout the two years it takes us to build an auction of this magnitude, one person in particular went above and beyond for us: Eliza Taylor, an astoundingly kind soul and dear friend to Cancer Gets Lost! She is a spectacular human with a heart the size of Australia.

We feel lucky to have partnered with the lovely humans at PanCAN, who were all wonderful to work with on this charity auction benefiting their essential organization!

Our final note of thanks is dedicated to our spouses and families, because they inspire and motivate every aspect of Cancer Gets Lost. Their support is invaluable and appreciated more than they’ll ever know.

CGL: 2019 and Beyond

While we do not have dates or specifics for our next charity auction, CGL is putting together a much smaller online charity auction for 2019 featuring primarily The 100 related items! 100% of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to CURE Childhood Cancer, an organization that funds childhood cancer research and supports young patients and their families. Stay tuned for details, once we have them. 🙂

We Have to Give Back!

We are already working on the Cancer Gets Lost 2020 Online Charity Auction, which will feature more LOST items than any other show, as it will be the 10-year anniversary of the LOST series finale! There is a possibility that we will host a LOST-only online auction early that year and a separate auction with items from others shows/films toward the end of 2020, but no decision has been made yet.

100% of the net proceeds from all 2020 CGL auctions will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of my dad, recently diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment for lymphoma as we speak.

Thank you, all!



Jo Garfein, Co-Founder & Executive Director

Cancer Gets Lost

2018 Cancer Gets Lost Online Charity Auction Details!

The 2018 Cancer Gets Lost Charity Auction to benefit PanCAN is now closed! We featured 400+ pop culture collectibles from over 80 TV shows and 40 films, plus a variety of books, comics and more! And thanks to the kindness of fans and actors, producers and writers – almost all of our auction items were signed.

We hosted the auction itself on an external auction host site; HERE is the link! 100% of the net proceeds from the 2018 Cancer Gets Lost Charity Auction will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Net proceeds = 100% of every cent raised after we pay our vendors! PanCAN focuses on pancreatic cancer research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy. We selected PanCAN to receive our auction net proceeds in honor of my mother-in-law Carolyn, who recently passed away after bravely battling pancreatic cancer for 4 years.

CGL Auction Participants! PLEASE READ about all Buyer’s Premium FeesTerms & Conditions, plus Closing, Payment & Shipping Instructions below!

EW signed by Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green

Charity Auction Transparency: Cancer Gets Lost

Full disclosure: we fund Cancer Gets Lost ourselves, with our own money. CGL is a 501c(3)-sponsored organization. Our fiscal sponsor FJC, A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds (a 501c(3) public charity that provides management of charitable giving), oversees all of the financials for Cancer Gets Lost – including our PayPal account. FJC has earned a top 4-star rating on Charity Navigator!

Neither myself nor CGL Co-Founder Jared Wong keep or earn any money raised in any of our charity auctions (we have not received/earned even one cent from any Cancer Gets Lost charity auction, nor do we plan to). CGL is a labor of love that we work on in our spare time, outside of our full-time jobs!

Charity Auction Transparency: Buyer’s Premium Fee

As is the standard in most online charity auctions of this magnitude, winning bidders will be required to pay a Buyer’s Premium in addition to the winning bid and shipping fee. While other auction sites set these fees in the range of 15-25%, CGL has arranged for a lower Buyer’s Premium fee. For the 2018 Cancer Gets LOST Charity Auction, the Buyer’s Premium fee will only be 10% per item!

An example: if you bid on and win a poster in the CGL Charity Auction for $100, you will pay $100 + shipping + a 10% buyer’s premium ($10).

And FYI: we do offer combined shipping when multiple items are purchased by the same buyer! Shipping of all auction items will take place from late July to mid-August, once ALL payments have been received, confirmed and processed by FJC.

Tax Receipts

If you win an item in the 2018 Cancer Gets Lost Charity Auction for a winning bid amount higher than the starting price of the item, you will automatically receive a tax receipt from our fiscal sponsor, FJC.

Terms & Conditions

  • There are NO refunds! 100% of the net proceeds from the 2018 Cancer Gets Lost Charity Auction are being donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a pancreatic cancer charity.
  • Before you start bidding on items, please take the time to read the “Terms” tab, which will be in every auction item listing.
  • The winning bidder is responsible for ANY/ALL Customs and Import Duties that may apply once our shipment arrives in your country. Please check your own country fees/duties before placing bids, and decide for yourself if you are willing and able to cover the additional fees/duties!
  • Please only place bids in our charity auction if you genuinely intend to pay for items you win and have the means to do so.


  • If you won an item in our online charity auction: thank you so much! Please don’t be alarmed if you don’t receive an email confirmation from iCollector. CGL has now emailed all 435 winning bidders, and that is confirmation that you have won items in our charity auction (and that your individual invoices are being created as we speak, to be emailed to you within 3 days).

Invoice, Payment & Deadlines

  • Within 3 days of auction close, we will email winning bidders an itemized invoice for items won in the 2018 Cancer Gets Lost Charity Auction, including the 10% Buyer’s Premium and shipping costs. If you win multiple items, they will be combined on one invoice!
  • **Please DO NOT submit payment until AFTER you have received your invoice with the FINAL total, including final bid price, Buyer’s Premium fee and shipping!**
  • In the email, there will be a link to the Cancer Gets Lost PayPal account (the same one linked in the DONATE button and page on this site), for winning bidders to complete payment. Please do NOT go directly to the PayPal site or app to make payment; you MUST use the PayPal link in the invoice or on CGL’s website in order for the winning bid payments to be made to FJC, for them to process.
  • PLEASE make sure that you enter the exact amount from your invoice when you make your PayPal payment! This includes winning bid amount(s), shipping and Buyer’s Premium fee.
  • **Make sure to forward your PayPal email receipt to CGL (CGLauctions at gmail dot com) and include your shipping address in the email, as it is not always listed in the PayPal receipt, and we need it for both shipping and tax receipt purposes!
  • You will have 7 DAYS to complete payments for all items won in the 2018 Cancer Gets Lost Charity Auction! You do not have to have a PayPal account, but we strongly recommend it. PayPal does offer the option to pay via credit card.


  • Because CGL is a 2-person operation and CGL’s fiscal sponsor FJC has to process hundreds of payments to the CGL PayPal account, please note: it will take up to 3 WEEKS before we start shipping out items to winning bidders in the 2018 Cancer Gets Lost Charity Auction (to verify and process payments from several hundred different winning bidders)! In order to avoid fraud, which sadly has been an issue for CGL in the past, we take extra time to confirm absolutely every aspect of each winning bidder’s payment information.
  • Shipment of your items will take place from the end of July through mid-August. We appreciate your patience in advance; with over 400 auction items, there is a tremendous amount to process and ship!
  • All domestic packages will be shipped via USPS, and all will include both insurance and tracking. We will choose the best option for you at the most reasonable cost. Shipping notifications with tracking info will be emailed to winning bidders.
  • All overseas packages weighing less than 3 pounds will be shipped via USPS International First Class, and packages weighing over 3 pounds will be shipped via USPS International Priority Mail.
  • To reiterate: the winning bidder is responsible for ANY/ALL Customs and Import Duties that may apply once our shipment arrives in your country. 
  • A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany every item from the 2018 Cancer Gets Lost Charity Auction.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

  • After payments for ALL items won in the 2018 Cancer Gets Lost Charity Auction have been received and processed, AND Cancer Gets Lost has completed shipment of all items, we will then donate 100% of the auction net proceeds to PanCAN. We will share the total amount of money to be donated once that amount has been finalized! Net proceeds = 100% of every cent raised after we pay our vendors.


  • For any shipping questions, please email us (CGLauctions at gmail dot com).
  • For all other inquiries, please tweet us @CancerGetsLOSTand we will get back to you in a timely manner. Please keep in mind that we will not be able to respond to inquiries in the middle of the night. We are in the Pacific Daylight Time zone, in California (United States).


For those of you interested in supporting CGL, there is always the option to make a tax-deductible contribution to CGL via FJC, our fiscal sponsor! On the top of the CGL homepage, there is a Donate tab, for your convenience. Financial donations help offset the costs of auction hosting and shipping fees, and we appreciate every cent contributed toward the cause!

If you’re interested in donating an item to a future Cancer Gets Lost charity auction, we are always grateful for and open to donations of pop culture collectibles! Please contact us via email (cancergetslost at gmail dot com) any time.

Thank you so much for participating in the 2018 Cancer Gets Lost Charity Auction! We are genuinely honored to be able to donate our net proceeds to PanCAN, and thanks to YOUR kindness – a significant amount will be contributed to their crucial pancreatic cancer cure research and patient services.

– Jo Garfein

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Cancer Gets Lost

CGL Charity Auction at Unity Days 2018!

UPDATE: Massive gratitude for The 100 fans at Unity Days 2018, as we raised an incredible $11,330 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network! Thanks to the kindness and generosity of attendees at the event that bid on and won items in our silent charity auction, CGL will be sending a check for 100% of the proceeds to PanCAN next week. We so appreciate your support of our charitable endeavors, particularly for this cancer organization. THANK YOU!

If you are participating in our silent charity auction at Unity Days 2018 on January 19 in Vancouver, these instructions are for you!

All you will need is a PayPal account! I strongly recommend that you sign up for a Paypal account in advance! You will also have the option of paying for items with a credit card via PayPal.

IF you win an item in our auction, please click on the “Donate” button at the top of this page or the yellow Donate button on the right, and then click on the blue Donate button on that page! A new window will open:

Donate to
FJC – A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds
Purpose: Cancer Gets LOST
$0.00 USD

** In the Other Amount box, it is your responsibility to input the EXACT amount owed for your total auction item win(s). Click “Log In” if you have a PayPal account, or enter your credit card information if you do not.

After you have paid for your items, you’ll receive a PayPal receipt via email.

  1. Pay for your auction items via the Donate button on our site, following instructions above.
  2. Fill out the back of the bid sheet w/your mailing address & contact info, and please sign it!
  3. Show your email receipt to Jo or a CGL Volunteer, then walk away with your auction items!

No shipping or auction fees! We appreciate your patience during the auction closing process, which takes about 1/2 hour; many attendees participate and only a few of us will be running the auction!

[Cancer Gets LOST has non-profit, tax-exempt status thanks to a fiscal sponsorship by FJC: A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds. You’ll see their name on our PayPal account; they oversee it for us.  Anyone that makes an auction item payment/donation will receive a tax receipt from FJC.]

100% of the proceeds from the CGL auction at Unity Days 2018 will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in honor of my mother-in-law, who recently passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Thank you very much for your kind support of CGL! *

– Jo Garfein, Executive Director & Co-Founder
Cancer Gets LOST

Save the Date(s)! Upcoming CGL Charity Auctions

Cancer Gets LOST is honored to be hosting silent charity auctions at two upcoming fan events, as well as a massive global online charity auction in 2018!

October 8, 2017

Taking place in iconic Dharmaville (which is actually an active YMCA camp on Oahu in Hawaii) on October 8, 2017 – CGL is absolutely thrilled to be hosting a silent charity auction at the LOST fan event LOST 2017! Featuring all LOST items (many kindly donated and/or signed by cast and the creative team), the auction is open exclusively on site for event attendees. 100% of all proceeds from this auction will be donated to PanCAN, in honor of my mother-in-law. At LOST 2014, CGL raised just over $11,000 for the American Cancer Society, thanks to the tremendous generosity of attending fans that participated in our auction!


January 19, 2018

CGL is very excited to return to Vancouver in January to host our second annual silent charity auction at Unity Days 2018! Produced by Unity Events Canada, Unity Days is a unique and terrific 3-day event dedicated to The CW series The 100. Our auction will feature The 100-related items exclusively for attendees (a large number of which have been donated and/or kindly signed by our friends from The 100). And we will be donating 100% of the proceeds to PanCAN once again. At Unity Days 2017, CGL raised and donated over $4,000 to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network thanks to generous fans that bid on and won various The 100 items in our auction!


August 1, 2018

Our next big online charity auction will launch on August 1, 2018! We already have items from over 50 television shows and 15 films, thanks to the incredible generosity of fans and industry friends alike. Due to the sheer size of this auction, we are still working on logistics (online auction host, shipping company, etc.), so please stay tuned here and on our social media for updates! 100% of the net proceeds from this auction will be donated to a specific cancer charity (to be determined in early 2018).

If you’re an LA-based photographer and interested in possibly donating a day or two your time to assist us with auction photography next summer, please let us know!

* For Cancer Gets LOST updates and frequent auction item photo previews, follow us on Instagram and Twitter! We also have a CGL Facebook page, although admittedly we do not utilize it as often. *


In an ongoing campaign, we have partnered with the lovely team at Fangirl Shirts to offer “Be The Fan You Wish To See In The World/#ChooseKindness” tees and mugs! 50% of the proceeds from each item sold will be donated to PanCAN.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Cheers!

– Jo Garfein, CGL Co-Founder & Executive Director


Choose Kindness: CGL Partners with Fangirl Shirts for Fundraising Campaign!

We are excited to have teamed up with our friends at Fangirl Shirts for an ongoing Choose Kindness fundraising campaign; t-shirts, sweatshirts and mugs with “Be The Fan You Wish To See In The World” on the front and #ChooseKindness on the back! Click here to peruse merchandise options provided by Fangirl Shirts via Teespring, including styles for all genders and sizes.

As you know, CGL strongly believes in channeling all fandoms toward the greater good. We hope to see a more productive and positive social media presence among online fan communities, and aim to continuously influence fans to make an actual difference in the world. Thus, we adopted the phrase “Be The Fan You Wish To See In The World” and always encourage people online and in person to #ChooseKindness.

50% of the proceeds from the sale of each Choose Kindness item purchased during this campaign will be donated to PanCAN (the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network)! PanCAN is CGL’s charity of choice right now because it is personal; we are inspired to raise money for this organization because my mother-in-law is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Fangirl Shirts also kindly interviewed me about this campaign, which is here on their site if you’re interested.

Thank you in advance for your consideration!

– Jo Garfein

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Cancer Gets LOST

CGL 2017-2018 Charity Auction Update & Schedule!

Hello, patient friends and kind supporters! We wanted to let you know our charity auction schedule for this year and next, as well as provide a wrap-up of our very successful auction at Unity Days 2017.

Unity Days

Our friend Sachin Sahel (Jackson) stopped by the Unity Days auction!

In January, we hosted an onsite silent charity auction at Unity Days in Vancouver, Canada. Unity Days, hosted by Unity Events Canada (who kindly chose CGL as their charity of choice), is a fan event/convention celebrating The CW series The 100. Our auction featured 70 items, many signed by our friends in front of and behind the scenes on The 100. Thanks to the generosity of attending fans, we raised $4,600 and donated every cent to PanCAN (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network)! Note of gratitude to all that donated, signed and bid on items in this auction. Shout-out of appreciation for our UD auction volunteers: Lisa C, Jen S and Layhan – as well as the many sweet fans that donated signed items for future auctions!

In addition, I had the great pleasure of moderating the actor panels at Unity Days – and they all signed additional The 100 items for future CGL auctions. Working with this cast over the last few years has been an absolute pleasure; they are all incredibly generous with their time, and I look forward to collaborating on future charitable endeavors with them.

It certainly seems as though there will be a Unity Days 2018, and if so – Unity Events Canada has already said we are invited us back to host another onsite charity auction!

LOST 2017

LOST 2014 silent auction

On October 8 of this year, we are honored to be hosting an onsite silent charity auction at LOST 2017, a fan event on Oahu (Hawaii)! To be honest, we are thrilled to be able to host this auction in the infamous YMCA camp that served as Dharmaville on LOST. We previously hosted an auction at LOST 2014, and raised almost $12,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year we will be donating 100% of the proceeds from our LOST 2017 auction to PanCAN, in honor of my mother-in-law, who is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

We have over 100 items ready for our LOST 2017 charity auction, including several signed magazines, trading cards, posters and more! Thank you to those that have donated and signed items; we anticipate raising a few thousand dollars for the cause, and really appreciate your contributions.


As you know, we host our large online charity auctions every other year. We are hard at work on our big 2018 auction, and thanks to generous fans and actors/writers/producers – we already have items from over 40 TV shows and 10 films! Once the launch date of this auction has been decided, as well as the charity of choice we designate to receive the net proceeds, we will let you know.

See you on the other side, and may we tweet again!

– Jo