After raising over $100,000 for her not-for-profit Koh Tao International Primary school in Thailand, actress Eliza Taylor has partnered with Cancer Gets LOST co-founder and executive director Jo Garfein to raise money for a family-friend battling childhood leukemia. The 100 fandom, which has banded together time and time again for charitable events, has been called upon for this latest endeavor.
“Many of you helped me raise an amazing amount of money for my Not For Profit School, Koh Tao International Primary. There is however, one little girl that is missing from the school and now that she is old enough, we would really love her to join. Unfortunately, she is very sick and hasn’t been able to live on the island for a long time,” the family’s donation page reads, recounting the story of three-year-old Isla, who was first diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in March of 2016 and, after 10 weeks of remission, was re-diagnosed. “How do you tell a 3-year-old that they have to go through all of that again?”
The page lists a detailed explanation of the daunting medical expenses that the family faces, expenses that can easily surpass $100,000.
“I’m reaching out to you all once more for help. Any small amount of money you can spare could change her life and the life of her family. I want Isla at school where she belongs, please help me make it happen.”
Auction for Isla, an online auction being held on eBay by Jo Garfein, was started in response to the efforts. Featuring 20 items generously donated by The 100 fandom, many of them signed by members of the cast, 100% of the proceeds will be donated directly to the family. From fanart signed by the cast to a custom-made Lexa Funko Pop, the auction hopes to help ease the expenses that Isla’s family face, allowing them to focus on Isla and her path to recovery.
"My focus and passion in life is fundraising via fandoms; to raise money for cancer patients, survivors and their families. So if I can help a beautiful little 3-year old girl while she bravely battles blood cancer, by auctioning off a few items - it is an honor to be able to do so,” Garfein stated about the auction. "Working together on various CGL and other charitable endeavors over the last few years, Eliza and I have developed a lovely friendship. We both genuinely believe in channeling the positive energy of fandoms toward the greater good, and that powerful change is fueled by kindness."
"The response from the fandom so far has been incredible," she added when asked about The 100 fandom's generosity, "and we appreciate every RT, Facebook and Tumblr post sharing the links to Isla's family fundraising page and our eBay auction!"
Sometimes in the midst of the chaos that can be fandom, we tend to forget that fandom can be a really cool and amazing thing and that, when fans come together, they are capable of making change.