Sept. 13, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO -
Representatives of the California Golden Bear women's golf team laced up their sneakers and headed out to Golden Gate Park on Sunday, Sept. 12 for the Jog For Jill 5k, raising money and awareness for Lung Cancer.
Senior Andrea Waters, along with Cal golf alums Roseanne Niven and Allison Goodman, were among the over 3,000 participants at this year's event. The rest of the Cal team was in Colorado competing at the season-opening Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo.
The race was the dream project of Cal rower Jill Costello. Costello, a four-year coxswain for the Cal crew team, lost her battle with lung cancer, passing away on June 24, 2010. The walk raised over $300,000 with all 27 of Cal's athletics teams participating as well as members of the rowing community and many others. It was one of the largest-ever gatherings for lung cancer.
About Jill Costello and Jog For Jill
After being diagnosed with the disease on June 6, 2009, Costello remained an active member on the rowing team through the 2010 season, coxing the varsity 8+ to a Pac-10 Championship and a helping the Golden Bears finish second overall at the NCAA Championships. The 2010 Pac-10 Athlete of the Year, Costello graduated last May with a degree in political economy and was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic second team. She accomplished all of this while undergoing 22 chemotherapy sessions and 14 days of radiation treatments.
Near the end of her life, Costello became involved with the BJALCF, which promotes lung cancer awareness and raises funds to find a cure. She helped raise $50,000 for lung cancer research and rallied 1,000 people for the initial Jog For Jill event that took place on Feb. 7, 2010, which was the largest event in terms of number of people in the history of lung cancer. Per Costello's request, there will be an annual Jog For Jill event every February.