Sept. 13, 2010
The California Golden Bear women's basketball 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.
The players were among the over 3,000 participants at this year's event. 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. 11 members of the Cal women's basketball team along with their three assistant coaches and other support staff all participated in the walk which raised over $300,000. 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.