Kelcey Harrison is dedicating Wednesday, September 5th as EmBen Kicks Cancer Day in the Great Lung Run!! Now who is Kelcey Harrison you might ask, and what is the Great Lung Run? To do the explanation justice we have to go back to June of 2009 where the story starts with an incredible young woman named Jill.
Jill Costello was a vibrant 21 year old college student, non-smoker, and coxswain for UC Berkeley’s NCAA Championship rowing team. In June of 2009, she was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Jill quickly rose to the challenge and set out to raise both money and awareness for this #1 most deadly form of cancer. While Jill fought a tenacious battle against lung cancer, she passed away in June 2010. Even though Jill was not able to beat lung cancer for herself, her spirit and commitment to the cause lives on in an organization aptly named Jill’s Legacy.
Jill’s Legacy was started by a group of young professionals including many of Jill’s close friends and family. This is an entirely volunteer run organization dedicated to mobilizing young people to erase the stigma of lung cancer and raise funds for research.
Kelcey Harrison is one of these highly mobilized young people, and also a dear childhood friend of Jill’s. On June 30th, 2012 she set out on a run from Time Square in New York City; Kelcey’s final destination – San Francisco! This is the Great Lung Run. Kelcey is running 30+ miles a day across the entire United States to raise money and awareness and to ultimately to “beat lung cancer, big time”, as Jill always said.
Bonnie Addario and Jill Costello
Jill’s Legacy is also a sub-entity of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (BJALCF). The BJALCF has been involved and incredibly helpful in Emily’s cause and word of her fight made its way to Kelcey. As a result, Kelcey is dedicating Wednesday, September 5th of the Great Lung Run to Emily kicking cancer. This is also the day that Emily has her third chemotherapy treatment. While Emily is pounding cancer at City of Hope, Kelcey will be pounding the pavement to help her kick cancer.
For more information on the Great Lung Run, check out Kelcey’s website. Or even better, get involved and help support Kelcey on the Great Lung Run! You can either host her as she runs through your town, or “sponsor” her for a night by booking a hotel room along route so she has a warm place to stay and rest up. Click here to check out the list of cities and towns that Kelcey is running through. Do it for Kelcey. Do it for Jill. Do it for Emily.
For more information on the organization Jill’s Legacy, check out the Jill’s Legacy website.
To read more about Jill Costello’s incredible life and her courageous fight against lung cancer, check out this Sports Illustrated article.