Cancer takes Jill Costello, Cal coxswain – By Tom FitzGerald – sfgate.com

Cancer takes Jill Costello, Cal coxswain

Jill Costello, the coxswain for the Cal women’s crew, died at UCSF Medical Center on Thursday after a yearlong battle with lung cancer during which she helped take the Bears close to a national championship. She was 22.

Ms. Costello, who attended St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, the most advanced form of the disease, shortly after the 2009 season ended. Despite 20 rounds of chemotherapy and 14 radiation treatments, she continued to compete on Cal’s top boat – its varsity 8 – which placed fourth in the NCAA Championships on May 30 at Lake Natoma near Sacramento…

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