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  • Dec 14, 2010 7:22pm

    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.

    Eddie Vergara

  • Dec 9, 2010 11:26pm

    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. 


    Margo Hill

  • Dec 5, 2010 10:49pm

    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 :)

    Jill Gosche

  • Dec 5, 2010 7:04pm

    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..

    Abbey M

  • Dec 2, 2010 8:50am

    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.

    Susan Williams

  • Dec 1, 2010 11:31pm

    Happy BIrthday Jill. I think about you and you Family everyday.

    Dympna McGorrin Norte

  • Dec 1, 2010 6:46pm

    Dear Costello Family,

    I understand that this is just another message out of many that you have but I feel led to say this. I was so intensely moved by the SI article that I felt like I had to talk to you. My heart goes out to you and your whole family.

    Your wonderful friend Sherri pointed me to this page after I found her on facebook. Find comfort in knowing Jill has impacted this high-school Junior who lives across the country in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

    I can't imagine what you are going through  right now but I hope this message finds you well. Your daughter has touched my heart. I read the entire journal section over the past hour or so and she had such a spirit of love and joy that I cannot imagine what it would be like to have met her. As I find out today is her 23rd birthday. I can only imagine how weak and fruitless these words of encouragement must be but you should be very proud of your daughter. She is truly amazing.

    You are truly in my prayers and I just feel so led to reach my hand out to you. Be secure in knowing God has a plan for you. Just as He had a plan for Abram, just as He did for Moses, just as He did for his son Jesus, and just as He did for Jill. He loves you and while this is all very difficult you can find rest in his ever-loving arms.

    "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." --II Corinthians 4:16-18

    This verse carries a message from God with it. God is giving it to YOU in this moment. It speaks a powerful message.

    God is prompting me to tell you this:
    Please email me anytime if you need anyone to listen. I would love to hear from you. I know it is strange but I feel led to say it.

    In his everlasting love,

    Garrett Wright

  • Dec 1, 2010 12:00am

    Hello, Costello family,

    I haven't checked in here lately because it is hard. But a sweet, young man (a junior in high school), found me through Facebook today because he was trying to find a way to reach you because he was so moved by the SI article. (I referred him to this site and BJALCF.) I bet you hear from him! So, anyway, I checked caringbridge. It is so beautiful to see the heartfelt messages from those people who Jill has inspired and who don't even know her. I know you are in the midst of the holidays and Jill's birthday. I hope you find some comfort in knowing how many people Jill has inspired, including me. You inspire me, too. My words feel worn out, but I will be there for you.

    Love, Sherri :) 

    Sherri Oakley

  • Nov 30, 2010 12:08pm

    While we've never met, the impact you've made on me & many others is obvious.  I finished reading your story in Sports Illustrated over the weekend & I've been struggling ever since to find the words to express my gratitude to you & your family for sharing your story.  As a 31-year old father of 2 young boys who is currently going through treatments for colon cancer your story has truly inspired me.  Her courage & strength gives me chills.  The approach to life that Jill shared in her journal & again in SI is a motto we can all live by, regardless of health issues:  “Your life is happening right now and this is the only moment you can control.  This is the only minute that really matters.  If you are constantly dwelling on something that happened in the past or feeling anxious about the future, you are missing out on YOUR LIFE.  Do what makes you happy in this moment and your life will be full.”  I have adopted this outlook as I progress through my own treatments & definitely appreciate the strength it provides.  

    To Jill's family & friends, I'm extremely sorry for your loss.  It is evident that she was special & you should be proud of her.  I hope you can find solace in the fact that Jill's story is reaching far & wide & is an inspiration to people all over the world.  I thank you so much for sharing it with all of us; you & Jill will remain in my family's prayers.  Jill's strength, courage, attitude, & far reaching impact is evidence that Jill won her battle with cancer.  Thank you & God Bless 

    Kevin McGlone

  • Nov 29, 2010 3:48pm

    I just finished reading Jill's story in the latest Sports Illustrated. What an amazing young woman, who faced her challenges with so much courage. Those of you who knew her personally should count yourselves as blessed for having the opportunity to share life with her. Her time on this earth may have been far too short, but oh the impact she has had is inspiring. God bless.

    Cheri Coursey

  • Nov 29, 2010 7:54am

    I was very moved by the article in Sports Illustrated this week regarding Jill's story.  God bless your family and ongoing research in your name.

    Kent Faver

  • Nov 28, 2010 7:18pm

    I just finished reading Jill's story in this weeks Sports Illustrated and I had to keep putting it down towards the end to keep wiping the tears rolling down my face.  What a courageous person!  OMG, what an example she set for everyone that faces any kind of adversity in their lives.

    May God bless her and her family!

    Matt Cullers

  • Nov 27, 2010 11:04pm

    Jill, although we've never met, your story is and will continue to be an inspiration and a blessing to many of us across the World. Your courage, strength and your overall positivity is unbelievable. To Jill's parents, you have a lot to be proud of. Jill will be looking over you with her big contagious smile and although I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you, I am sure that she would love nothing more than for you to smile back every day. The same goes for the rest of her loving friends & family.

    Jill, your journey has put a lot in perspective for myself and many others. I was involved with a few charitable organizations until about a year and a half ago when school and work got in the way, but your story has shown me these were just poor excuses to give up these activities. Your battle, your ability to do as many things as you did and still keep a smile on your face has shown me that we have no excuses. I will get involved as will thousands of others that you touched, whether they were in your immediate surrounding or not. That is how powerful your story is and I am sure that you have made your parents extremely proud. We will continue your battle against cancer, I promise. 

    To Jill and the Costello family, in a few words, thank you. You will be in my prayers.
    God bless,

    Gary Mardigyan

  • Nov 27, 2010 9:20pm

    In honor of Jill Costello, a true inspiration to us all.

    Garabed Mardigyan

  • Nov 27, 2010 12:17pm

    Like many people, I just read your story in Si; I join countless others in expressing my sorrow to your family; I have lost my wife to cancer a little over a year ago and stories like yours break my heart all over again; what a cruel and unforgiving disease cancer is...
    The little time of your life that was revealed in the SI story was truly remarkable and very inspirational; rest in peace Jill...

    Daniel Lachance

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