Two of my friends have gotten up-close and personal with cancer lately. One is in remission -and I take a bit of responsibility for this event because I did this with an awesome bunch of powerful friends. (You know I can’t be serious about this -please tell me you knew I was being sarcastic -thank you.)
My other friend is still in the middle of the battle and WILL WIN. It’s just one b*tch of a fight. I haven’t made her a video (yet!), but I support her by drinking whiskey with her and making her laugh. (Hey -what are friends for?!)
When I’m not lip-synching in videos (you haven’t clicked on the link up there yet, have you? Get going. I’ll wait….Okay. See? They did a GREAT job!) and drinking whiskey to support my friends, I sit on the sidelines and worry. It’s what I do. I’ve had enough therapy to know it doesn’t do any good and only gives me a false sense of control.
Whatever. It’s how I roll.
Worry. Worry. Worry.
The LOML says,”Worry is a negative prayer.”
I tell him, “I got your negative prayer right here.”
Anyway, I worry or go for a run. That’s how I deal with situations I can’t control. Others get more proactive than that.
My dear friend and sister-in-law, Jo Garfein of jopinionated.com fame also has a close friend battling cancer. Jo isn’t a worrier, she’s a doer. (Way to win the “Who Has Better Coping Skills?” Contest, Jo. It’s okay. You can have that trophy -you’ve earned it.)
Jo’s using her powers for good in an even bigger way than making videos and drinking whiskey: she started the Cancer Gets LOST organization. What’s that and why should I care? So glad you asked. Keep reading.
She’s created an online auction event for CancerGetsLOST.org from 8/15 (of course you LOST fans get this reference!) through 8/29 that is sure to rock your socks off. To preregister go here and take care of business so you’re all set. Starting August 15, you’ll be able to bid on amazing items from the TV shows LOST, Community, Fringe, Once Upon a Time, and Person of Interest. Many items are autographed -you know you want that! You can preview items starting August 1st. HOT!
Here’s what makes this whole event even cooler than the items that will be auctioned off: every dime, penny, nickel, EVERYTHING made from the auction is going to the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS). Wow. The total is going to be way up there. This is incredible and you know you want to be a part of it.
Bidding on cool stuff isn’t your thing? Here’s other ways you can be a rockstar like Jo:
You’re not a bidder kind of person, a photo kind of person, but you like to donate money? (No wonder we’re friends and you read this blog. You rock.) GREAT! Donate directly to NBTS. Please make a note on the form that your contribution is part of Cancer Gets LOST, then forward your email receipt to Jared[at]CancerGetsLOST[dot]org so that your donation will be counted in the overall fundraising total.
If you want to read more about Jo and her awesomeness, go here to see what she’s all about. Jo’s not doing this whole thing by herself -she’s got an amazing partner in this whole event -Jared. He’s as much a rockstar as Jo, but I’m not related to him, so he isn’t getting as much press here. Sorry Jared -I heart you, tho. I do.
Way to use your powers for good with CancerGetsLOST.org, Jo! I know the event is going to be a terrific success and I can’t wait to celebrate all that you’ve accomplished in the name of your friend. I feel so blessed to know you!