Making the days count


Making the days count

Michelle Bowker

What  would you do if you were diagnosed with stage 4 cancer? How would you accept that gut-wrenching information? Take a couple minutes and think about it. Would you live every day to the best of your ability? Would you remain positive knowing death looms over your shoulder? Most people would like to continue to live an upbeat life, but who really knows how they would react unless they are faced with that horrific news.

Jill Costello had to face that question and she chose to live life to its fullest. The 21-year old was diagnosed with stage 4 small cell lung cancer on June 6, 2009. This diagnosis was especially tragic because Jill was a perfectly healthy, non-smoker. She passed away just a year later on June 20, 2010.

Jill is best known for her role as varsity coxswain on the California Golden Bears crew team, for her enthusiastic personality, her fight to live and her compassion for others. Instead of giving up on life, Jill did the exact opposite: she continued to participate with her crew team, while undergoing chemotherapy. During the 2010 season, Jill led the Bears to the Pac-10 Championships and in the last weeks of her life she walked across the stage at graduation (with a 4.0 GPA). She also spearheaded several fundraisers for lung cancer research and was an advocate on finding a cure that would save lives.

It could have been easy for Jill to feel sorry for herself, for her to give up before her final days but instead, she chose to be positive, she chose to be strong and make a difference. She believed she could be the miracle to beat stage 4 lung cancer.

Jill's strong spirit has influenced those around her to live out her legacy, to help others and to continue the search for a cure for cancer. Jill's lifelong friend Kelcey Harrison decided to do just that. She wanted to make an impact on others and to raise money and awareness about the disease.

Kelcey set out a goal to run from New York to her hometown of San Francisco and accomplished that feat on Jill's birthday, December 1, 2012. She logged 30 miles a day, for 4 months straight: 3,500-miles overall. The Great Lung Run raised more than $150,000 for Jill's Legacy, a charity Jill worked with closely before her death. Kelcey wanted to make a personal contribution to the fight for lung cancer and in accomplishing her tenuous 3,500 mile run across the country, she honored her best friend Jill's tremendous fight against cancer.

This is the story about Kelcey Harrison honoring the life of her best friend Jill Costello.

Michelle Bowker is an associate producer for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

Giants lineup: Nunez returns, batting second vs Padres


Giants lineup: Nunez returns, batting second vs Padres

Amidst trade rumors, Eduardo Nunez is back in the lineup for the Giants Thursday night against the Padres.

San Diego Padres (40-54)

1. Jose Pirela (R) 2B
2. Matt Szczur (R) CF
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Jabari Blash (R) LF
5. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
6. Erick Aybar (S) SS
7. Cory Spangenberg (L) 3B
8. Luis Torrens (R) C
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (37-59)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Hunter Pence (R) RF
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P

Report: Lakers have shown interest in former Warriors guard

Report: Lakers have shown interest in former Warriors guard

Ian Clark is looking for his next basketball home.

And the Lakers have shown interest in the free agent guard, according to The Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner.

Over 77 regular season games with the Warriors last season, Clark averaged 6.8 points while shooting just under 49 percent from the field and over 37 percent from deep.

In 16 playoff games (he did not play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals), he averaged 6.8 points on 50.6 percent shooting overall, and 36 percent from 3-point territory.

Last week, he was asked if he would be back with the Warriors in 2017-18.

"It's not looking like it," Clark said while in Memphis. "Going through that situation right now. As much as I want to stay, it's a business. But we'll see. Anything could happen."

The Warriors do have an open roster spot, but it's quite possible they enter training camp and/or the season with just 14 players under contract.

Golden State can only offer Clark the minimum of $1,577,230.

The Lakers could give Clark up to $4.3 million -- the room mid-level exception.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller