Women's Rowers Will "Jog For Jill" on Saturday

Read about Jill Costello in Sports Illustrated

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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's rowing program has its first races of 2011-12 this Saturday, competing in the Navy Day Regatta on the Schuylkill River. Prior to that, the Quakers will take place in something a whole lot more meaningful.

As a team, Penn will "Jog For Jill" at the Philadelphia chapter of the "Your Next Step Is The Cure" Walk/Run Series. The event will have registration beginning at 7:30 and will go off at 9 a.m. from Boathouse Row. The event supports the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, and through their "Jog For Jill" the Penn team will look to raise money for lung cancer research in the hopes of improving the survival rate from its current figure of 15.5 percent, essentially the same as it was 40 years ago.

"Jog For Jill" remembers Jill Costello, a young woman who was a coxswain at the University of California before being diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer and dying less than a year later. The Addario Foundation launched Jill's Legacy, an advisory board made up of 21 promising young professionals who have each been personally touched by lung cancer. Rowing teams around the country have done a "Jog For Jill" since the concept began last year; this will be Penn's first time honoring the late cox.

To join the team on their "Jog For Jill," or to donate to the team's cause, visit the Penn women's rowing Facebook page here.

"We are doing this event because giving back is an important part of being part of a community," said Penn head coach Mike Lane, who enters his sixth season at the helm in 2011-12. "Jill had lung cancer, she never smoked and never had a history of lunge issues. Her illness could happen to anyone of us. We are a team, our rowing community is small and when one person needs help, we all come together in support of that.

"We have a very large team, which means we have strength in numbers," he continued. "Not only do we want to use those numbers to help this or any good causes.We want to use our strength as a team to come together not just for this but also on race day going out and working as one."