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  • Aug 11, 2010 1:37pm

    In honor of Jill Costello

    Gary Tan

  • Aug 2, 2010 11:49pm

    Dear John and family, We will be there!  We have already formed our team -- Kappa Parents Against Lung Cancer -- and are looking forward to Jog for Jill on September 12th!  In case anyone reading this wants to sign up for our team, you can do so by clicking on this link:  http://sanfrancisco.kintera.org/faf/home/waiver.asp?ievent=426922&lis=0&kntae426922=54BABFF2AEC049C59582AD1599100900 It is going to be an inspirational and FUN event, and we are looking forward to it! We need to get the word out there -- Just Like Jill! Sherri Oakley Team Captain 

    Sherri Oakley

  • Aug 1, 2010 10:10am

    In honor of Jill Costello~With much love from the McGreevy Family

    Mrs. Lainie McGreevy

  • Jul 29, 2010 6:59am

    Its 4a can't sleep and needed a little inspiration. Just read your beautiful tributes and wished I could have been there to celebrate this amazing woman's life. I had never met Jill yet she has touched my life in many ways. Remembering distinctly the last conversation with Mary at work before Jill was diagnosed. Mary you were glowing, telling me about a few of Jill's accomplishments with school and crew. You were talking about having your nails done that weeked and doing girly things mom and daughters do, you were so happy. This must have been the last few days before Jill was diagnosed because the next thing Jill was in the ER having blood work and etc. Then the sad news hit the 5th floor. The tone on the floor had changed there was a dark cloud and many of us started praying for your families. I followed Jills blog and articles. She was so inspiring I still go back and read her entries and watch videos. I wanted to let you know I'm so sorry Jill is not here with us-in person. I hope you, Kathy and families can one day find some comfort in knowing you raised an amazing daughter, one that seemed too good for this earth! She is now an angel above leaving us with her legacy of courage, perserverence, and love. My daughter and I will be doing the Jill run in Sept. God Bless, Megan W.

    Megan Williams

  • Jul 26, 2010 11:20am

    Madeleen Rosetti

  • Jul 22, 2010 6:33pm

    I realize a month has almost gone by since Jill's death.  I think ofyour family often and I am so thankful that Mary has such a special, wonderful friend.  What a gift!  We will continue to pray for you expecially on the first month aniversary of her death.

    Kathleen Guiney (Mary Jeghers mom) 

    Kathleen Guiney

  • Jul 20, 2010 1:20pm

    I am a Cal grad and current Genentech employee.  When I read her story on our company's website, I was moved and inspired by her courage and faith.  I made it a point to follow up with her updates.  I am truly sad to hear that she has passed and I am sending my deepest condolences to Jill's family and friends.  A beautiful soul has entered the gates of heaven and is watching over all she loves.  You (and we) were all blessed by her presence.

    velasco betty
    San Francisco, CA

  • Jul 17, 2010 10:02pm

    It took me a while to get it together to write to you all as I thought it to be an overwhelming time for the Costello/Morello/Weinkauf family.

    I was so touched by your mom's and auntie's entries. Jill must have been every bit as a warrior as Mary and Kathy, perhaps stronger than was thought possible. 

    As different as your mom's and auntie's writing styles are, I can not deny that I feel as I know you.

    So many acheivements you packed into you 22 years, all shared, supported and celebrated  by a loving family. I am sure the love they have for you and you have for them will sustain and support their lives as time goes on.

    You have tought me that all the little stuff I worry and fuss about is just that: little stuff.

    Sometimes I feel ill at ease with myself as I, too, am a warrior woman.  I will get rid of that limitation and honor my warrior spirit. You never know when you may need to pull that sword out of the hat. Nobody knows that better than you.

    Thank you for your beautiful journal and all the stories of your lives contained within it.

    I honor your life and your strength. You are forever treasured.

    Mary Michelucci RN

    Mary Michelucci

  • Jul 16, 2010 8:20am

    WOW! In JULY you have exceeded your fundraising goal of $25000 for your walk in September! http://sanfrancisco.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=426922&lis=1&kntae426922=BE5DB9119BDD401CB78D9B9B170E6031&team=3785711 Such evidence of love and support for you and a unified determination to BEAT LUNG CANCER! We will work to achieve that goal.  Your beautiful life continues to make a difference! We continue to pray for your beautiful family each and every day.

    Jody Scott

  • Jul 9, 2010 4:11pm

    I befriended Jill on facebook 1 week  before she passed way. I read her story on the Where's the funding site. I thought what a brave and wonderful person she was and how she was touching so many lives in such a short time. I emailed her and told her what a brave person she was. I also told her about how I lost my baby sister to lung cancer last August.  She was only 49. My sister's diagnosis was a shock but not surprising  to us as she was a 4 pack a day smoker. Jill's story goes to prove that lung cancer is not always caused by smoking. I believe more and more people are starting to realize that. Unfornately, to many young and old have already been taken away from their loved ones due to this horrible disease. Jill's young life was taken way to soon. I believe some where in the near future we will find a cure. Please find comfort in knowing that Jill made a huge impact on my life, and I never even spoke to her. She spoke to me through her words and her bravery. God bless you all.
    Deborah Tindall

    Deborah Tindall
    ddtindall@live.com

  • Jul 9, 2010 12:42am

    Hi Mary and Jim,
    We want you all to know what a beautiful girl your Jill was.  A day hasn't gone by that I don't think of Jill. I smile when I think of her beautiful smile and her words to live by.  I shared Jill's story with my closest friends and family and she was and is an inspiration to all of us.  I want you and your family to know that we pray for all of you daily and will continue praying for Jill in my nightly prayers.  Her words have affected not only me, but everyone I've shared them with.  I have her picture and words to live by on my night stand.
       
    God Bless all of you,  

    Kim Rosaia and Family

    Kimberly Rosaia

  • Jul 8, 2010 6:55pm

    It was my hope that I would celebrate my recent lung cancer remission with Jill and had hope she to would be sitting where I sit today with hope to the future. However that is not to be and the passing of Jill makes me sad.  I wish her a truly joyous journey to heaven and may the angels welcome her.  We will miss such a wonderful young lady who inspired many of us.

    She has left us with the fact that anyone can be a victim of lung cancer as well as other cancers.  There are few options as Jill's early departure has proved. It is my hope that we all remember this courageous young lady and support "Lung Cancer" research and cures throughout the U.S.A.  We need more research in order to achieve more cures.  

    God Bless Jill's family and her circle of friends.
     

    J.P Pipkin

  • Jul 8, 2010 11:31am

    To Mary, Jim, Kevin, Jim and family, That was the most loving eugolies I have ever read in my life. I just want you to know I plan on running, walking in the Team Jill Cancer race on September 12th in honor of Jill, my mom, Uncle Jack, waht a wonderful amazing daughter you had

    sharon costello

  • Jul 7, 2010 10:48am

    I haven't seen Jill since she was a little girl, but as I look at her photos I see she still has that bright beautiful smile I remember. 
    I just read Mary's letter and Kathy's speech.  Thank you Mary and Kathy for sharing your beautiful words of love and memories of Jill with us.  I am amazed that you were able to see through your own pain to share with us your loving and private thoughts of Jill.  She truly was something special and a once in a lifetime soul whose journey here had immense purpose and forever changed those she passed.
    We go about our day to day lives blind to the beauty and grace of God in the little things: the way the sun casts a dusky glow in the early morning hours, the white stripe in a black rock, the quick scamper of a squirrel, the rain drops in a puddle, the big smile of a child; and then God sends a message so strong and so bright that we can't possibly ignore. 

    Jill was His gift and message to us all.

    With much love,
    Nichole Cilley

    Nichole Cilley
    cilleyfamily@hotmail.com
    Redmond, WA

  • Jul 7, 2010 12:38am

    I first learned of Jill because I, just like Jill, a never smoker was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer and have a site on caring bridge.  As I read Jill's updates I thought, 'she's a miracle girl just like me'.  Jill was a miracle girl AND SHE STILL IS A MIRACLE GIRL.  

    When I first clicked on the link and saw the date June 24th, I immediately thought of the Feast of St. John the Baptist.   He prepared the way of the Lord for all of us nearly 2000 years ago; and Jill, in her indomitable and beautiful way, helped prepare His way for the many who knew and loved her. . . and who know and love her still.   

    Charmaine Atkenson Crane
    charmaine118@aol.com

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