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  • Nov 27, 2010 10:22am

    Jill, although I never had the pleasure of meeting you, you are a beautiful, inspiring and strong young lady. The article in SI was a tribute to you and everything thing that made you such a wonderful friend, team mate, sister, daughter, and person.

    You and your family are in my family's prayers.


    Tom M

  • Nov 26, 2010 4:26pm

    I just read the article about you in Sports Illustrated and having many friends at Cal that knew you, I want to say that you will always be remembered as an inspiration to me even though I never met you.  Your courage and positive attitude are a testament to the human spirit.

    JJ McMahon

  • Nov 26, 2010 2:38pm

    There is a beautiful article about Jill in this weeks Sports Illustrated Find it All my love to this sweet Angel of God

    Tom and Phyllis Lembke

  • Nov 26, 2010 1:16pm

    I just read Jill's story in Sports Illustrated, and was moved by her spirit, courage and grace.  I am deeply saddened for her family and friends who have suffered an incalcuable loss and hope that the bravery and selflessness Jill displayed will give them some small solace in her absence.  I have made a donation to the Lung Cancer Foundation in her memory and hope many others will do the same and will spread the word about the inadequate research about this killer disease receives. 

    As a father of a wonderful daughter (and son) younger than Jill, I know there can be no compensation for the loss of a beloved child, but I hope Jill's parents will always be comforted by the knowledge that all of our lives are finite, and their daughter fit more joy and life into her too-few years than many of us do in four times as many. 

    I am sorry I never met Jill, but I will never forget her.

    With sympathy,

    Matt Weiss

  • Nov 7, 2010 10:42am

    Always thinking of you, even more now that they are FINALLY saying that Lung Cancer is the #1 killer, and they are looking at so many ways to detect it early.  Its because of you that this is happening.  You are always with us, whether it be on our wrist or your pics sit in each one of our cars...we miss you but know that the fight has begun.......love you always

    Nancy McCarthy

  • Oct 12, 2010 6:26pm

    Because I am so lucky to have been friends with you on facebook, when someone tags a photo of you I also get to see it.  Lately it seems everyday someone, somewhere is tagging........I know when I am having a bad day I look at my wristband, and you make me smile, and then it becomes a good day, because I know all the good you did and are still doing. I know you are making many people smile, and you always will......

    Sending you a huge smile and lots of hugs and love.......

    Nancy McCarthy

  • Sep 25, 2010 10:42pm

    Everyday someone sends me more pics from the walk on June 12th...I think we did you proud and I am sure you had quite a few laughs.....Friday (09/24) I couldn't stop thinking of you as I know it was 3 months you have been in heaven watching down on all of us......Miss you sweetie.....blowing kisses to you!!!

    Nancy McCarthy

  • Sep 22, 2010 11:37am

    So hard to believe that we are heading into the third month anniversary of Jill's death.  I am sure the coming days are difficult for your both.  My thought ands prayers are with you and your entire family. You must have been so proud to see all Jill's hard work and dreams for the Sept 12 Jog for Jill come true.  Such a big turnout!  I was really excited to see the article on Row 2k about the Radcliffe Crew Team walking for Jill in Boston this fall http://www.thecrimson.com/column/adventures-at-c-world/article/2010/9/21/wcrew-jcostello-column-092110/  .  Such a lovely article. Best Regards, Kathleen Guiney

    Kathleen Guiney

  • Sep 9, 2010 6:25am

    In honor of Jill Costello (my special friend Jessica's friend), Alice & Sharon

    Miss Kathryn J. White

  • Aug 30, 2010 2:35pm

    I want everyone to read the Jill Costello story, and her blog.  I am a Genentech Employee who works on the frontline for manufacturing Avastin.  Jill is one of many reasons for me to continue my work with Genentech.  I have seen many people, some beat cancer while others do not.  We need to come together and act swiftly..Avastin like other cancer drugs do work, they are there when we need them, and entities like the FDA although good for patients are hampering companies such as Genentech to make this drug more affordable, and accessible to everyone. 
    My wife and I will walk for Jill on 09/12 proudly.....

    Robert Kness

  • Aug 25, 2010 12:25pm

    In honor of Jill Costello

    Rich & Terrie Cresci

  • Aug 24, 2010 9:04pm

    Looks like incredible support for the Sept.  Jog for Jill.  I am sorry I will not be there in person but I am going to SD to see my Aunt for her 98th birthday celebration.  She is still sharp as whip and walking every day.  Maybe she and I can walk together and join the group in spirit

    Hard to believe two months have gone by since Jill’s death.  I know you must miss her terribly.  My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family.

    Best Regards,

    Kathleen Guiney

    Kathleen Guiney

  • Aug 20, 2010 12:29am

    When I loss my mom to undiferentiaed large cell carcinoma ( a potntial lung cancer..my mom was also a non smoker) four and a half years ago I had a friend send me a handmade card with a picture of a heart with a bandaid over it.. it simply read I hope your heart feels better soon. I felt like it was the perfect words for what I was going through. Getting to know Jill through the Bonnie J. Addario foundation has been inspiring. I am so sorry for your loss and hope your heart feels better soon.

    With Love

    Lisa Salvucci

  • Aug 16, 2010 12:37am

    Jill....well we just got back from 2 weeks at the pines.  We missed you terribly, but when the earth shook the other morning we all knew it was you telling us you were there.  A good friend once told me that when ever you are thinking of someone you love that is no longer with you and you see a feather on the ground well that is the person letting you know that they are there.  Well every time I walked by your Mom and Dads cabin there would always be lots of feathers, so I knew you surrounding Mom and Dad with your love.

    We are all gearing up for the big walk, and I know you will be there pushing us all a little harder.

    Not a day goes by that you aren't in all of our thoughts..Love and miss you every day.

    Nancy McCarthy and family 

    Nancy McCarthy

  • Aug 12, 2010 3:59pm

    Hi Jilly!!  Its one month until J4J and I've been training hard!  I know I'm gonna be ready for this race and make you proud.  I've been rallying the teams too and WP Ppls are still top team.  You also have over 40 team Jills already, AMAZING.  This is our Pines time right now and I've been seeing you everywhere.  A tree fell last week in the am and woke our whole side of the camp up, I know it was u saying hi!  
    Also I just thought I'd post the eulogy I wrote for you... still can't believe it, but here goes...

    Being older, I've always had a natural inclination to protect Jill.  throughout our lives I have felt urges telling me I needed to step in and support Jill and help make sure she was alright.  However, reflecting on our lives the only times I keep seeing are the times where Jillian has continually stepped in and supported me. 

    I always took for granted the fact that we would follow in our mother's footsteps.  But closely studying her this past year I now realize the fine grace and accuracy she demonstrated in navigating every facet of life.  While it pains me greatly to be separated from her, as I know it pains the fighter in Jill to be overcome, I know her wisdom needed to be something more than a simple whisper in the pines.  

    I will miss Jilly's humor, her loyalty and trust, and the amazing sense of self she defined in her 22 years here with us.  While I can no longer immediately turn to her for comfort, I am incredibly proud of her determination and strength to show as many people as possible how to live, and I am eternally grateful for her particularly teaching me how to make it through each day after day.  

    I know I have been blessed since the day of Jillian's birth in realizing my soul mate in my friend.  Now I realize I am even more blessed to have her by my side as long as I live.  Although I want to tell you to relax now my dear Pill, I know you won't, so I say enjoy my dear and explore all the mysteries that God has waiting for you.  I will see you again one day and when I do I'll expect you to have heaven as figured out as you had earth, so that yet again, you can show me the ropes.  Jilly, I will love you always, your friend Liz.

    Ok well I'm off to go run Donner lake (yes I skipped out of wp for a few days since everyone is working) and then I'm heading back up to the screaming trees for the awesome country club dinner!  AP just got up (she finished rd 1 of nursing finals!!) and we will def try and win some pedro for ya (sorry about the moon thing last year by the way- bad move on our parts but I didn't want to focus on lack.) 
    Love u, LOVE U, Love u and miss you with all my heart!!!
    Always and forever, 

    Elizabeth Button

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