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Television’s LOST marks 10th anniversary, charity raises funds

Jared Wong of Cancer Gets LOST
Cancer Gets LOST

On this, the 10 year anniversary of the premier of the ABC ratings juggernaut LOST, the show is still being talked about around water coolers and still making news. From Entertainment Weekly to Esquire, references to the show are cropping up almost as often as the numbers.

Last month, PaleyFest hosted a LOST reunion on March 16th (yes, 316). Celebrity panelists included: Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Maggie Grace (Shannon), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Malcolm David Kelley (Walt), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Ian Somerhalder (Boone), and executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof.

Recent rumors of a LOST reboot abounded because of the Cuse quote, “I think it’s likely that at some point, ABC will want to reboot LOST because it’s a valuable franchise, and there will be some young, bright writer or writers who will come up with a great idea that the network responds to, and that’ll be great. I do not begrudge ABC the opportunity to do something more with the franchise.”

Now Cancer Gets LOST has partnered with Blacksparrow Auctions for an online charity auction of television memorabilia, exhibiting items at the Paley Center for Media through the summer of 2014. This non-profit organization, founded by fans Jared Wong and Jo Garfein, works to raise funds for various cancer support charities through live events and auctions that feature rare and often autographed pop culture memorabilia.

Their 2012 event brought in almost $65,000 for the National Brain Tumor Society. Wong and Garfein are passionate about making a difference and thankful for the generosity of fellow fans and the celebrities who contribute.

“The key to our success is channeling fandom and followers toward the greater good,” said Garfein. “To be honest, I consider it to be the most rewarding hobby in the world.”

Their September event will feature original props, costumes, autographs and other incredible memorabilia from the television phenomenon that was LOST, plus autographed items from other popular shows such as Arrow, The Following, Once Upon A Time, Scandal, and The Walking Dead.

The charity event will be available for advance bidding September 1-27. The live portion begins at 11:00am PDT on September 27, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. If you are interested in consigning to the auction, is now accepting consignments.

In addition, Cancer Gets LOST will host a silent auction at LOST 2014, an official fan gathering on Oahu on September 20-22 celebrating the 10 year anniversary of LOST’s debut. A percentage of the proceeds from those ticket sales will also be donated.


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