Greta Christina has cancer. We can help.

One of my dearest friends, who has been a hero to me for much of my adulthood and who continues to be an inspiration to myself and others, Greta Christina, has been diagnosed with cancer.

As far as cancer goes, it’s the good kind.  She has endometrial cancer and they caught it early, so odds are that a hysterectomy will get Greta cancer free without chemo.  But it’s not a sure shot by any means, and saying you’ve got a “good” cancer is like saying you got the best delicacy in the dumpster.

Even “good cancer” ain’t cheap, especially not for someone who just reorganized her life to be a writer.  Greta will now have to cancel a slew of speaking gigs to have the surgery and to recover.  Canceling those engagements is not a decision Greta could’ve made easily, because she will be out the book sales and honoraria from her speaking gigs that she needs to make ends meet.

It also means that I won’t get to see my friend at Skepticon this year as I’d hoped.  That feels kind of selfish to say, but it’s the truth.  Greta’s a crowd favorite everywhere she goes.  Her writing increases the value of much of our lives, and I can assure you that being around her brings a happiness to my life that is scarcely available elsewhere.

It’s times like these that I’m glad there’s no god to curse for his malice.

There’s also no god to which we can appeal to help our friend (even if there was, how much sense does it make to appeal to the same god that created cancer and watched Greta get it?).  And so, as always, humans must band together to help each other.  Greta is asking for any donations to help her get through this.  I’m not rich, but I’ll match up to $100 in donations from the readers of this blog.  Just leave your donated amount in the comments and I’ll take your word on it.  (Go here to donate)

Also, if ten readers here subscribe to Greta’s blog, I will subscribe as well.  (Go here to subscribe to her blog for $5 each month for a year)  Again, just note in the comments that you subscribed and I’ll believe you.

It all adds up, and if we all do what we can then Greta’s struggle with this will be reduced by whatever the worry for money is worth.  After all that she has given us, I’d like to think we can give her that.

I learned a long time ago that life wasn’t fair, but it should never cheat this bad.

Update and pics from #AACon15. MST3K cast members were at my talk.
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PERSONAL: The corrupting power of fame and my love for my commenters.
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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Jaime Wise


  • Ken Kressin

    Thanks for the update. I subscribed to her blog. We’re reading her book for our next month’s book club, so obviously she’s one of our favs! And thanks for the thoughtful plea to support the good in this world.

  • Jon Willis

    $50, with relish. I love Greta so very very much. Not so much my wife should be jealous, but still a whole hell of a lot! Thanks for posting her Paypal link, JT. You’re a great guy.

  • The Nerd


  • BookGeekGrrl

    I subscribed. Thanks for signal boosting this.

  • Kaboobie

    I subscribed to Greta’s blog. Thanks for supporting her.

  • Brea Plum


  • Christopher Stephens

    Then we cheat life back.

    I literally don’t have $10 to spare right now, but I get paid soon, and I’m going to take a good, hard look at what I can give. I’ve long since subscribed to her blog, when she first made the option available.

    • Barbie

      I’m sure your love and concern, just expressed here, would be enough to her! As we all should know, life ain’t just about money. However, I DO have the cash right now, and am donating another $20 in your name. Hang onto your cash if you need it.

      • ibelieveindog

        Tears in my eyes at this.

  • Randomfactor

    $20 here. A good friend of mine is currently in about the same boat, sad to say.

  • GBJames


  • Makoto

    Not exactly a direct donation, but I bought her book just now to help support her (and get the book higher in Amazon ranks in the hopes that others see it). Did the cancer rodeo myself a couple of times, and I can’t wait for the day that no one else has to. For now, supporting those dealing with it is all we can do.

    • Makoto

      Oh, and $20 direct, in case that still counts.

    • Liberated Liberal

      I bought the book, too. I’ve wanted it for awhile anyway, so I hope it helps.

      Makoto, I hope you never have to deal with it again.

      JT, please post again in a few weeks or a month, so that we can be reminded to do something again if we can.

  • Tim Keating

    $100. Fuck cancer!

  • Dan

    $10… best wishes to Greta Christina.

  • Tod

    Also bought her book to help a bit from over here in the UK.. really hoping all goes as well as can be hoped for..

  • Wren

    $100 Fuck Cancer! I hope she has the same recovery!

    • Makoto

      You know what? Yeah. Another $100 donated. Take that, cancer.

    • Wren

      Same recovery….as me. And my recovery from endometrial cancer went well. I hate my sentence fragment and lack of context in my previous statement. Oy.

  • Dave T

    $10 from me. I already have a copy of her book, or I’d have bought that, too.

  • ibelieveindog

    Donated $100 and bought 5 copies of her book for gifts.

    And yeah. Fuck cancer!

  • Barbie

    $ 50 Greta’s wonderful and I work with cancer patients.

  • Matt

    I subscribed too.

  • Timid Athiest

    I subscribed as well! And bought her book on my Nook. I wish her well. And thank you for doing this, JT.

  • Kinsley

    Long time lurker, first time commenter. I tossed in a hot $25, and I wish I could donate more.

  • Makoto

    First three responses to this comment get another $50 donation fighting cancer each. Go, anyone, before I just respond to myself.

    • Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

      I will also be donating $50 to Greta. And for the first three comments to my own, I will donate another $50 (and like Makoto, I’ll just respond myself if no one does :p I’m guaranteed $200, but maybe we can start a charity chain)

      • JT Eberhard

        I am commenting to praise you for your generosity. :)

      • HJ Hornbeck

        That is incredibly kind. I’m going to be firing Christina some money this evening, and passing it around to our mailing list.
        C’mon, one more comment…

      • Makoto


      • Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

        $200 will be sent when I get home.

    • JT Eberhard

      Makato, you are being extremely generous. Thank you.

      • Makoto

        What can I say, I hate cancer, and like Greta. Two very good reasons to do this.

    • Kaoru Negisa

      This is an absolutely incredible thing to do. $50 donation, go!

    • Makoto

      Thanks, everyone! Donation sent!

  • Jasper

    I said a prayer for her. And by prayer I mean $20. And by said I mean sent.

  • blotzphoto

    Subscribed. Also the Approved Males will dedicate their impending destruction of the Tears of Tebow to the Lovely Ms. Greta.

  • TychaBrahe

    $50 from me.

  • Elliebean

    I’m sorry I don’t have funds to donate but I did have some on my books account so I bought her book instead. I hope it helps. Good luck and may the science be with you. Xxx

    • Makoto

      May the science be with you is my new favorite thing. May I borrow? I promise to return it in near-new condition.

  • Susi Bocks

    $50 all the best, greta!!

  • indradawn

    SO glad to see, when I got here, so many people had beat me to the punch. Nice, for once, to be forty-something in line.

    I hope she gets enough donations for treatment, any and all expenses, and a beautiful vacation to recupe.

    Thanks so much, JT, for giving us the opportunity to chip in.

    • indradawn

      …Oh, and if you’re still matching, I donated $25, and subscribed (which I should’ve done long ago, anyway. Thanks for the nudge!).

  • Marilee Harrison

    I subscribed. Love to you & Greta both!

  • César

    just bought her book :)

  • Daniel Schealler

    +1 subscription from me

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  • Chakolate

    Do you know if she has health insurance? Because if not, we’re going to have to bump up this drive – a lot.

    • Gebbeh

      She does have insurance still; the concern is more her day-to-day living expenses while she undergoes/recovers from surgery

  • NikkiDove

    Subscribed. Screw prayer, lets do something useful! Send money, if you’re poor, spread the word and gather more support for Greta. Thanks JT!

  • Sonja Phillips

    Renewed subscription!!! Kick ass Greta!!

  • phil zombi

    I subscribed a while ago. It’s just five bucks a month. I wish I could give more but the money isn’t there.

  • Viral

    I was diagnosed with lymphoma a month ago. I hope your donations help you out.

  • Katybe

    If you’re still counting subscriptions to match, I just subscribed. I’ll give more after payday too, but wanted to get that in now.

  • Elliebean

    Makoto I would be honoured if you’d say that. :)

  • Derrik Pates

    $100 from me. Good luck to you, Greta!