Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Castrobear founder Harry Lit is ill, needs help

Harry Lit (pictured below at right), founder of Lazy Bear Weekend and Castrobear Presents, became extremely ill earlier this week while hosting a bear event in Cancun, Mexico. Today, plans were made to fly Lit back to San Francisco via an air ambulance, but his friends are appealing to the community for financial help to defray the cost.

On Monday morning, October 25, Lit was found unconscious and unresponsive by his husband, Allen Eggman. Lit was rushed to a local hospital and placed in critical care. Over the next few days, Lit’s condition deteriorated; tests showed a swelling in his brain and fluid in his lungs, according to Jack Sugrue of the Lazy Bear Fund.

Sugrue said that given Lit’s pre-existing health issues, his San Francisco doctors determined the best course of action was treat him back in the Bay Area. The only transportation option was an air ambulance, which insurance does not cover. The estimated cost of getting Lit home for treatment is $30,000, said Sugrue.

Lit’s friends have set up several ways that folks can donate: First there is a PayPal account dedicated to gathering donations to pay for Lit’s transportation back to the Bay Area. On both the Castrobear website ( and the Lazy Bear site ( there is a PayPal “Donate” button where folks can contribute using their credit card or PayPal account. To donate with a check, please make it out and sent to:
Harry Lit Emergency Fund
2261 Market Street #490
San Francisco. CA 94114

Donors can also stop into any Wells Fargo Bank and tell them that they want to contribute to the help Harry Lit. His emergency fund is included on Well Fargo’s list of emergency accounts.

Sugrue noted that although donations are not tax deductible, please know that 100 percent of funds raised will go toward helping Lit.

Additionally, the Lone Star Saloon, 1354 Harrison Street, will be hosting a fundraiser on Sunday, October 31, to help pay for Lit’s expenses. The beverage benefit is from 4 to 8 p.m.

“We know that times are tough and money’s tight – but Harry has spent the last 25 years of his life building our community and being a positive force in the LGBT community,” Sugrue said. “He has touched our lives and the lives of tens of thousands of our brothers and sisters.”

— Cynthia Laird, October 29, 2010 @ 3:46 pm PST
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