Jog for Jill

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Jog For Jill

On Sunday, Jog For Jill took place in Golden Gate Park and raised awareness for lung cancer.

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SAN FRANCISCO - Over 3,200 people bounced up and down as the clock neared 5 p.m. You know that feeling, when your knees lightly knock, when your stomach slightly turns, when anticipation is getting the best of you.

The gun fired, and the celebration began. Just seven months removed from the same event, over six times as many people attended the second "Jog for Jill" on Sunday in Golden Gate Park. The event brought out seemingly everybody in the Cal athletic department, plus far more. There was the rugby team, barreling past the finish line after their completion of the 3.1-mile race. There was athletic director Sandy Barbour, shaking hands and conversing with anybody willing to talk.

And most importantly, there were the people that made this possible - except one.

Yes, the late Jill Costello was missing, but it was the event that she planned and no runner forgot why they took to the course.

Over the course of the three-hour event, the question was continually asked: "What is the color of the lung cancer ribbon?"

Unlike the pink of breast cancer, lung cancer is colored clear and labeled "the invisible killer." As her doctor Thierry Jahan put it:

"Nobody wants to say 'I have lung cancer.' They have been stigmatized by the public in general."

Sunday proved that the perception is rapidly changing. Despite having a terminal diagnosis for just one year, Jill Costello tirelessly worked and organized to give a face to a disease so often associated with smoking.

The event was showed that anybody, no matter the stigma, can make a change.

-Gabriel Baumgaertner

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