SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Members of the Sacramento State women's rowing squad participated in the Your Next Step is the Cure 5K Walk/Run in a fight to cure lung cancer on Sunday, Sept. 18, at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Organized by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, a group of 25 Hornet rowers, head coach Mike Connors and friends of the program participated in the event in honor of former Cal coxswain Jill Costello, who passed away from lung cancer on June, 24, 2010. In fact, the Hornets participated as team entry "Hornet Rowing for Jill".

Over $300,000 was raised for lung cancer research at the event, including Sacramento State rowers raising nearly $1,000. This year marked the second consecutive year the Hornet rowing squad has participated in a Jog for Jill event.

"The Sacramento State rowing team, although saddened by the loss of Jill Costello, continues to be inspired by her story and fight for this terribly underfunded disease," Connors said. "It was a great event again and is nice to see the great support for this cause from the area rowing community."

Near the end of her life, Costello became involved with the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, 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 in February of 2010.

Other local collegiate rowing squads to participate in the event included Cal, Stanford and Saint Mary's.