Charity auction for Jeanne Robinson's cancer fund

Brian sez, "Talk show podcast Sci Fi Saturday Night is helping to raise funds on behalf of author Spider Robinson's wife Jeanne, who is battling cancer and needs assistance with her medical costs. On Saturday May 8th, Sci Fi Saturday Night will have a special benefit episode starting at 8pm eastern time featuring Spider Robinson, during which several pieces of original artwork will be auctioned off on eBay. Among the many artists donating to the auction are Mike Mignola, Sergio Aragones, Joe Michael Linsner, Ben Templesmith, Mike Lilly, Bob Almond and Frankie B. Washington; several more have contributed original artwork, signed prints, and limited-edition comics. Currently, donations for Jeanne Robinson can be made . Please visit to see scans of the auction items. Help Jeanne Robinson win her battle against cancer!"

Charity Auction for Jeanne Robinson (Thanks, Brian!)


  1. I’m writing as someone who wishes the best for the Robinsons. Their work has been an inspiration for me. In fact I’ve already donated money to the fund to help out.

    I am wondering however… why do they need money if they are covered under the Canadian healthcare system?

    1. This was covered the last time this came up. The Canadian health care system will not cover her “alternative therapies.” Whether or not you want to participate in this fundraiser might well depend on how you feel about the practice of “evidenced-based medicine”. I think if it’s good enough for Americans under Obama, it should be good enough for Canadians. But my belief that these kids need my charitable dollar more than some new-age quack selling nostrums to the desperate probably makes me a bad person.

  2. Well, if the Robinsons want to try something they think may help, I’m happy to pitch in. They’ve put so much good energy into the world, I think we should all be willing to send some back their way.

  3. I don’t know much about the Canadian system but from what I understand, not all meds are covered. Spider gave an example of anti-nausea pills that Jeanne needed after each chemo treatment that cost $100 *each*. In addition she’s needed a special diet, counseling and other things.

  4. Hope the auction is a major success. The Robinsons are wonderful people, and Jeanne deserves every chance at a cure.

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