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Denise Sangster
Denise Sangster
Mary--I can't imagine how difficult it is to write about Jill one year to the day...  In one year, Jill has helped raise more money for lung cancer.  She inspired her team.  She touched millions with story of courage and determination.  She set a path for us to follow.


Thank you for sharing Jill with all of us.  Thank you for your smiles when I know your heart is so heavy that I can't imagine how you can stand.  Thank you for reminding us how lucky we are to have Jill on our team and in our heart forever!


You, your family, and Jill inspire me...


My best to you all.


Denise Sangster
Sally Samuels
Sally Samuels
What you wrote is absolutely beautiful.  Jill will never die in the minds and hearts of those of us who were lucky enough to have been touched by her (I met her at the Living Room the day she graduated from Berkeley).  Jill definitely left a legacy to those of us who knew her as well as to all touched by Lung Cancer.  Jill's light will never go out.Warmly,Sally 
Deirdre McLoughlin
Deirdre McLoughlin
Remembering Jill especially today.  And our dearest thoughts to her parents and family and of course, to Jack! We think of Jill so often and our daughter speaks of her on a very regular basis.  It is a somber and yet sweet thing that she remains so very present in so many people's lives.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter with so many people.  much much love, Deirdre, Liz, Kathleen and James
Lynette Ley
Lynette Ley
Dear Mary, Jim, Kevin and Jimmy,


Forever young, forever beautiful, forever inspiring, forever remembered by all of us. Jill lives in the hearts of thousands.  I am very blessed to have known Jill and think of her so, so often. . . . . .  She never ceases to bring a smile to my face and tears to my eyes.  


With much, much love,


Lynette
ron french
ron french
I just want to send my condolences to Costello family, I read the article on Jill,I'm in shock and disbelief that at such a young age,that a strong,and determined young woman was taken from US all.... I'm in southern ontario. and we need to get the word out about the lack of funding for lung cancer. She has been such an inspiration for me. thank you Costello Family, and Sports Illustrated for sharing Jill with the world.


R French.
Anne Wilson
Anne Wilson
Dear Costello Family,
I was reading Dan Waeger's blog this afternoon and saw the link to the Sports Illus. story about your precious Jill.  What an incredibly inspiring story.  Our hearts go out to your family. We had a similar experience.  Our precious Katherine was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in 2000 when she was 23 and a nursing student at UNC-CH.  She lived for almost five years.  She too was able to finish college.  Katherine was a soccer player from 2nd grade through high school.  Katherine had two older brothers as well.  Another connection is that Katherine's boyfriend was a student at UC-B when he died in an avalanche at Tahoe in 1999.  Life is strange.  Mary, if you ever feel like connecting I would love to hear from you. Warm regards, Anne Wilson  828-433-0846 or email
Anthony Fisichella
Anthony Fisichella
Dear Costello Family,


What a brave and wonderful girl you raised in Jill.  I read with great sadness the article in SI and was very moved by her courageous attitude and her mantra not to dwell on the past or fear the future but to make the most of today.


          I am a 65 year old male diagnosed at the end of October of 2009 with small cell bladder cancer.  Ironically I was sitting the oncology center receiving my 9th round of chemo when I read the article.  The fact that she wanted a dog for graduation really hit home for me.  My dog of 14 years died this past summer and I have been resisting all my family's efforts to get another.  I am now rethinking this decision.

          Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss.
James Edgell
James Edgell
Dear Costello Family,

I recently read the SI article, and noted a few similarities between your daughter and my mother, as well as a few interesting connections between your daughter and myself. 

As far as my mother goes, both she and Jill were not of the largest physical presence, but both had a large personal presence among those whom they knew.  Additionally, both were cruelly pulled away from their loved ones by cancer, though my mother's was a painful 4-year struggle with a creatively-spreading Breast Cancer. 

As for myself, both Jill and I attended Jesuit high schools (Xavier - NYC), my home parish and her grammar school share a common patron saint (St. Brendan - Brooklyn), and we were within a year of each other's age. 

With the Christmas season upon us, I know well how emotions can stir at this time, and truly I wish that I could say that it gets better, but sitting here 5 years since my mother's death I cannot say that to you; it does become different, but I, personally, cannot say that it becomes better.  What I can say is that you and your daughter will be among my thoughts and prayers as the season progresses, and that, with you permission, I should like to have Mass said for Jill, so that the St. Brendan parish family of Brooklyn can reach across the country and join with the St. Brendan parish family of San Fran, and that the Xavier community of NYC (and beyond) can join with the St. Ignatius community of SF, and that together we can remember the courage of a young woman in the face of the darkest adversity.

Please be assured of my heartfelt condolences.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
Eddie Vergara
Eddie Vergara
I just read the SI article in my doctors office today.  I was moved..so much so that I had to learn more about this incredible young lady and her courageous journey.  You INSPIRE me and your story will never be forgotten by me.  I will share it with others to inspire them.  Thank you for your courage, even though you are not here physically, your spirit, your story, continues to strengthen so many.  Thank you.
Margo Hill
Margo Hill
I just finished the SI article The Courage of Jill Costello.  Reading options are always plentiful at Mountain States Tumor Institute, where I was waiting with my daughter to see her oncologist. Normally I would not read SI; I don't know what made me pick it up today but, I'm glad I did. 

Jill's story is so tragic and yet inspiring.  How she lived while battling cancer is nothing shy of amazing. Please know her story will help my 17 year old daughter and her fight to get back to what she was before cancer.

Thank You for sharing. 

 
Jill Gosche
Jill Gosche
Hello Costello family,
I read Jill's amazing story in Sports Illustrated and was so touched by her positive attitude despite difficult circumstances. Jill was an incredible woman whose legacy will always live on. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her, I will always remember her, especially when participating in Relay For Life events. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing her story.
-Jill :)
Abbey M
Abbey M
Although I didn't know Jill, I wanted to take the time to leave a comment in her guestbook to say I found her story in Sports Illustrated to be very inspirational. It's hard to believe someone who was fighting such a horrible disease could be so positive and have so much courage, but that's what makes Jill's story so amazing. After reading the entire article, and Jill's journal on here I am very touched by her words and outlook on life. Jill's story will forever leave a lasting impression on me.

Rest in peace Jill..
Susan Williams
Susan Williams
Hello, you don't know me, but I just finished reading the SI article about Jill, and I was blown away, but not for reasons you would believe.

My daughter Sarah (wwwcaringbridge.org/visit/sarahw) was diagnosed with a childhood cancer Neuroblastoma in February, 2005. Sarah was an amazing girl, and she NEVER let her cancer run her life. She was clear for a brief period from May until November, 2006, but her cancer returned in December, 2006, she began Chemo again in January, 2007.

Sarah always wanted to be playing with her friends, and she never wanted anything to interfere with her life. I recall on several occasions, she would come home from a friends house, and talk to her mom or me about her pain. We asked her why did you stay at your friends so long and play, and her response was ALWAYS, "I didn't want them to know I was hurting." That was our Sarah.

On June 23, 2010, we came home from the hospital on hospice, and that night she went to sleep, and woke up on June 24, 2010, with Jesus. I couldn't believe when I came to the end of the article, and discovered when Jill had passed away. This Sunday December 5, 2010, we are having a party at our house to celebrate the Anniversary of Sarah's birthday.

God Bless you and all your family, and keep smiling at the happy memories, because that is the way Jill and Sarah would have wanted it. Thank you for sharing Jill's story with us in SI,

Bob & Susan Williams.
Denise Sangster
Denise Sangster
Mary--I can't imagine how difficult it is to write about Jill one year to the day...  In one year, Jill has helped raise more money for lung cancer.  She inspired her team.  She touched millions with story of courage and determination.  She set a path for us to follow.


Thank you for sharing Jill with all of us.  Thank you for your smiles when I know your heart is so heavy that I can't imagine how you can stand.  Thank you for reminding us how lucky we are to have Jill on our team and in our heart forever!


You, your family, and Jill inspire me...


My best to you all.


Denise Sangster
ron french
ron french
I just want to send my condolences to Costello family, I read the article on Jill,I'm in shock and disbelief that at such a young age,that a strong,and determined young woman was taken from US all.... I'm in southern ontario. and we need to get the word out about the lack of funding for lung cancer. She has been such an inspiration for me. thank you Costello Family, and Sports Illustrated for sharing Jill with the world.


R French.
Anthony Fisichella
Anthony Fisichella
Dear Costello Family,


What a brave and wonderful girl you raised in Jill.  I read with great sadness the article in SI and was very moved by her courageous attitude and her mantra not to dwell on the past or fear the future but to make the most of today.


          I am a 65 year old male diagnosed at the end of October of 2009 with small cell bladder cancer.  Ironically I was sitting the oncology center receiving my 9th round of chemo when I read the article.  The fact that she wanted a dog for graduation really hit home for me.  My dog of 14 years died this past summer and I have been resisting all my family's efforts to get another.  I am now rethinking this decision.

          Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss.
Eddie Vergara
Eddie Vergara
I just read the SI article in my doctors office today.  I was moved..so much so that I had to learn more about this incredible young lady and her courageous journey.  You INSPIRE me and your story will never be forgotten by me.  I will share it with others to inspire them.  Thank you for your courage, even though you are not here physically, your spirit, your story, continues to strengthen so many.  Thank you.
Jill Gosche
Jill Gosche
Hello Costello family,
I read Jill's amazing story in Sports Illustrated and was so touched by her positive attitude despite difficult circumstances. Jill was an incredible woman whose legacy will always live on. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her, I will always remember her, especially when participating in Relay For Life events. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing her story.
-Jill :)
Susan Williams
Susan Williams
Hello, you don't know me, but I just finished reading the SI article about Jill, and I was blown away, but not for reasons you would believe.

My daughter Sarah (wwwcaringbridge.org/visit/sarahw) was diagnosed with a childhood cancer Neuroblastoma in February, 2005. Sarah was an amazing girl, and she NEVER let her cancer run her life. She was clear for a brief period from May until November, 2006, but her cancer returned in December, 2006, she began Chemo again in January, 2007.

Sarah always wanted to be playing with her friends, and she never wanted anything to interfere with her life. I recall on several occasions, she would come home from a friends house, and talk to her mom or me about her pain. We asked her why did you stay at your friends so long and play, and her response was ALWAYS, "I didn't want them to know I was hurting." That was our Sarah.

On June 23, 2010, we came home from the hospital on hospice, and that night she went to sleep, and woke up on June 24, 2010, with Jesus. I couldn't believe when I came to the end of the article, and discovered when Jill had passed away. This Sunday December 5, 2010, we are having a party at our house to celebrate the Anniversary of Sarah's birthday.

God Bless you and all your family, and keep smiling at the happy memories, because that is the way Jill and Sarah would have wanted it. Thank you for sharing Jill's story with us in SI,

Bob & Susan Williams.
Sally Samuels
Sally Samuels
What you wrote is absolutely beautiful.  Jill will never die in the minds and hearts of those of us who were lucky enough to have been touched by her (I met her at the Living Room the day she graduated from Berkeley).  Jill definitely left a legacy to those of us who knew her as well as to all touched by Lung Cancer.  Jill's light will never go out.Warmly,Sally 
Deirdre McLoughlin
Deirdre McLoughlin
Remembering Jill especially today.  And our dearest thoughts to her parents and family and of course, to Jack! We think of Jill so often and our daughter speaks of her on a very regular basis.  It is a somber and yet sweet thing that she remains so very present in so many people's lives.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter with so many people.  much much love, Deirdre, Liz, Kathleen and James
Lynette Ley
Lynette Ley
Dear Mary, Jim, Kevin and Jimmy,


Forever young, forever beautiful, forever inspiring, forever remembered by all of us. Jill lives in the hearts of thousands.  I am very blessed to have known Jill and think of her so, so often. . . . . .  She never ceases to bring a smile to my face and tears to my eyes.  


With much, much love,


Lynette
Anne Wilson
Anne Wilson
Dear Costello Family,
I was reading Dan Waeger's blog this afternoon and saw the link to the Sports Illus. story about your precious Jill.  What an incredibly inspiring story.  Our hearts go out to your family. We had a similar experience.  Our precious Katherine was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in 2000 when she was 23 and a nursing student at UNC-CH.  She lived for almost five years.  She too was able to finish college.  Katherine was a soccer player from 2nd grade through high school.  Katherine had two older brothers as well.  Another connection is that Katherine's boyfriend was a student at UC-B when he died in an avalanche at Tahoe in 1999.  Life is strange.  Mary, if you ever feel like connecting I would love to hear from you. Warm regards, Anne Wilson  828-433-0846 or email
James Edgell
James Edgell
Dear Costello Family,

I recently read the SI article, and noted a few similarities between your daughter and my mother, as well as a few interesting connections between your daughter and myself. 

As far as my mother goes, both she and Jill were not of the largest physical presence, but both had a large personal presence among those whom they knew.  Additionally, both were cruelly pulled away from their loved ones by cancer, though my mother's was a painful 4-year struggle with a creatively-spreading Breast Cancer. 

As for myself, both Jill and I attended Jesuit high schools (Xavier - NYC), my home parish and her grammar school share a common patron saint (St. Brendan - Brooklyn), and we were within a year of each other's age. 

With the Christmas season upon us, I know well how emotions can stir at this time, and truly I wish that I could say that it gets better, but sitting here 5 years since my mother's death I cannot say that to you; it does become different, but I, personally, cannot say that it becomes better.  What I can say is that you and your daughter will be among my thoughts and prayers as the season progresses, and that, with you permission, I should like to have Mass said for Jill, so that the St. Brendan parish family of Brooklyn can reach across the country and join with the St. Brendan parish family of San Fran, and that the Xavier community of NYC (and beyond) can join with the St. Ignatius community of SF, and that together we can remember the courage of a young woman in the face of the darkest adversity.

Please be assured of my heartfelt condolences.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
Margo Hill
Margo Hill
I just finished the SI article The Courage of Jill Costello.  Reading options are always plentiful at Mountain States Tumor Institute, where I was waiting with my daughter to see her oncologist. Normally I would not read SI; I don't know what made me pick it up today but, I'm glad I did. 

Jill's story is so tragic and yet inspiring.  How she lived while battling cancer is nothing shy of amazing. Please know her story will help my 17 year old daughter and her fight to get back to what she was before cancer.

Thank You for sharing. 

 
Abbey M
Abbey M
Although I didn't know Jill, I wanted to take the time to leave a comment in her guestbook to say I found her story in Sports Illustrated to be very inspirational. It's hard to believe someone who was fighting such a horrible disease could be so positive and have so much courage, but that's what makes Jill's story so amazing. After reading the entire article, and Jill's journal on here I am very touched by her words and outlook on life. Jill's story will forever leave a lasting impression on me.

Rest in peace Jill..
Denise Sangster
Denise Sangster
Mary--I can't imagine how difficult it is to write about Jill one year to the day...  In one year, Jill has helped raise more money for lung cancer.  She inspired her team.  She touched millions with story of courage and determination.  She set a path for us to follow.


Thank you for sharing Jill with all of us.  Thank you for your smiles when I know your heart is so heavy that I can't imagine how you can stand.  Thank you for reminding us how lucky we are to have Jill on our team and in our heart forever!


You, your family, and Jill inspire me...


My best to you all.


Denise Sangster
Deirdre McLoughlin
Deirdre McLoughlin
Remembering Jill especially today.  And our dearest thoughts to her parents and family and of course, to Jack! We think of Jill so often and our daughter speaks of her on a very regular basis.  It is a somber and yet sweet thing that she remains so very present in so many people's lives.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter with so many people.  much much love, Deirdre, Liz, Kathleen and James
ron french
ron french
I just want to send my condolences to Costello family, I read the article on Jill,I'm in shock and disbelief that at such a young age,that a strong,and determined young woman was taken from US all.... I'm in southern ontario. and we need to get the word out about the lack of funding for lung cancer. She has been such an inspiration for me. thank you Costello Family, and Sports Illustrated for sharing Jill with the world.


R French.
Eddie Vergara
Eddie Vergara
I just read the SI article in my doctors office today.  I was moved..so much so that I had to learn more about this incredible young lady and her courageous journey.  You INSPIRE me and your story will never be forgotten by me.  I will share it with others to inspire them.  Thank you for your courage, even though you are not here physically, your spirit, your story, continues to strengthen so many.  Thank you.
Abbey M
Abbey M
Although I didn't know Jill, I wanted to take the time to leave a comment in her guestbook to say I found her story in Sports Illustrated to be very inspirational. It's hard to believe someone who was fighting such a horrible disease could be so positive and have so much courage, but that's what makes Jill's story so amazing. After reading the entire article, and Jill's journal on here I am very touched by her words and outlook on life. Jill's story will forever leave a lasting impression on me.

Rest in peace Jill..
Sally Samuels
Sally Samuels
What you wrote is absolutely beautiful.  Jill will never die in the minds and hearts of those of us who were lucky enough to have been touched by her (I met her at the Living Room the day she graduated from Berkeley).  Jill definitely left a legacy to those of us who knew her as well as to all touched by Lung Cancer.  Jill's light will never go out.Warmly,Sally 
Anne Wilson
Anne Wilson
Dear Costello Family,
I was reading Dan Waeger's blog this afternoon and saw the link to the Sports Illus. story about your precious Jill.  What an incredibly inspiring story.  Our hearts go out to your family. We had a similar experience.  Our precious Katherine was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in 2000 when she was 23 and a nursing student at UNC-CH.  She lived for almost five years.  She too was able to finish college.  Katherine was a soccer player from 2nd grade through high school.  Katherine had two older brothers as well.  Another connection is that Katherine's boyfriend was a student at UC-B when he died in an avalanche at Tahoe in 1999.  Life is strange.  Mary, if you ever feel like connecting I would love to hear from you. Warm regards, Anne Wilson  828-433-0846 or email
Margo Hill
Margo Hill
I just finished the SI article The Courage of Jill Costello.  Reading options are always plentiful at Mountain States Tumor Institute, where I was waiting with my daughter to see her oncologist. Normally I would not read SI; I don't know what made me pick it up today but, I'm glad I did. 

Jill's story is so tragic and yet inspiring.  How she lived while battling cancer is nothing shy of amazing. Please know her story will help my 17 year old daughter and her fight to get back to what she was before cancer.

Thank You for sharing. 

 
Susan Williams
Susan Williams
Hello, you don't know me, but I just finished reading the SI article about Jill, and I was blown away, but not for reasons you would believe.

My daughter Sarah (wwwcaringbridge.org/visit/sarahw) was diagnosed with a childhood cancer Neuroblastoma in February, 2005. Sarah was an amazing girl, and she NEVER let her cancer run her life. She was clear for a brief period from May until November, 2006, but her cancer returned in December, 2006, she began Chemo again in January, 2007.

Sarah always wanted to be playing with her friends, and she never wanted anything to interfere with her life. I recall on several occasions, she would come home from a friends house, and talk to her mom or me about her pain. We asked her why did you stay at your friends so long and play, and her response was ALWAYS, "I didn't want them to know I was hurting." That was our Sarah.

On June 23, 2010, we came home from the hospital on hospice, and that night she went to sleep, and woke up on June 24, 2010, with Jesus. I couldn't believe when I came to the end of the article, and discovered when Jill had passed away. This Sunday December 5, 2010, we are having a party at our house to celebrate the Anniversary of Sarah's birthday.

God Bless you and all your family, and keep smiling at the happy memories, because that is the way Jill and Sarah would have wanted it. Thank you for sharing Jill's story with us in SI,

Bob & Susan Williams.
Lynette Ley
Lynette Ley
Dear Mary, Jim, Kevin and Jimmy,


Forever young, forever beautiful, forever inspiring, forever remembered by all of us. Jill lives in the hearts of thousands.  I am very blessed to have known Jill and think of her so, so often. . . . . .  She never ceases to bring a smile to my face and tears to my eyes.  


With much, much love,


Lynette
Anthony Fisichella
Anthony Fisichella
Dear Costello Family,


What a brave and wonderful girl you raised in Jill.  I read with great sadness the article in SI and was very moved by her courageous attitude and her mantra not to dwell on the past or fear the future but to make the most of today.


          I am a 65 year old male diagnosed at the end of October of 2009 with small cell bladder cancer.  Ironically I was sitting the oncology center receiving my 9th round of chemo when I read the article.  The fact that she wanted a dog for graduation really hit home for me.  My dog of 14 years died this past summer and I have been resisting all my family's efforts to get another.  I am now rethinking this decision.

          Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss.
James Edgell
James Edgell
Dear Costello Family,

I recently read the SI article, and noted a few similarities between your daughter and my mother, as well as a few interesting connections between your daughter and myself. 

As far as my mother goes, both she and Jill were not of the largest physical presence, but both had a large personal presence among those whom they knew.  Additionally, both were cruelly pulled away from their loved ones by cancer, though my mother's was a painful 4-year struggle with a creatively-spreading Breast Cancer. 

As for myself, both Jill and I attended Jesuit high schools (Xavier - NYC), my home parish and her grammar school share a common patron saint (St. Brendan - Brooklyn), and we were within a year of each other's age. 

With the Christmas season upon us, I know well how emotions can stir at this time, and truly I wish that I could say that it gets better, but sitting here 5 years since my mother's death I cannot say that to you; it does become different, but I, personally, cannot say that it becomes better.  What I can say is that you and your daughter will be among my thoughts and prayers as the season progresses, and that, with you permission, I should like to have Mass said for Jill, so that the St. Brendan parish family of Brooklyn can reach across the country and join with the St. Brendan parish family of San Fran, and that the Xavier community of NYC (and beyond) can join with the St. Ignatius community of SF, and that together we can remember the courage of a young woman in the face of the darkest adversity.

Please be assured of my heartfelt condolences.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
Jill Gosche
Jill Gosche
Hello Costello family,
I read Jill's amazing story in Sports Illustrated and was so touched by her positive attitude despite difficult circumstances. Jill was an incredible woman whose legacy will always live on. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her, I will always remember her, especially when participating in Relay For Life events. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing her story.
-Jill :)