CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Members of the Radcliffe heavyweight and lightweight crews are raising money to fight lung cancer and preparing to “Jog for Jill” Sunday in the first Boston walk/run benefiting the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.
The Black and White oarswomen and coxswains will run in the event in honor of Jill Costello, a coxswain for the California Golden Bears women’s crew who died from lung cancer in June. Costello was 21 years old and had never smoked. According to the BJALCF, 53 percent of lung cancer in women is not attributed to smoking.
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 in San Francisco.
The Boston walk/run will be held at Artesani Park, located along the Charles River at 1234 Soldiers Field Road in Brighton and well known in the rowing community as the finish line of the Head of the Charles Regatta. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the event getting underway at 9. A post-event celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m.
Radcliffe’s Jog for Jill team has a website to accept entries, participant sponsorships and donations. The team set an initial fundraising goal of $5,000, but has already surpassed that total in less than a week and continues to welcome sponsorships and donations.