JLT Foundation

Supporting Melanoma awareness and research.

In Memory of Jennifer Linscott Tietgen
1975 - 2002


Jennifer had a fun-loving, beautiful spirit and a fierce resolve to accomplish her goals. She attended Susquehanna University, played soccer, joined Kappa Delta sorority, broadened her horizons and accumulated a host of loyal, trusted friends. Upon graduation, she attended New Haven University and despite the diagnosis of melanoma and two major operations, through determination, she graduated on schedule with a GPA of 3.9 and a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

She left New Haven with a promising future and an enviable job with Cisco Systems. Her disease progressed and she fought back with staunch resolution, amazing fortitude and resilience, ever-present humor and unwavering hope; buoyed by the loving support of family and friends. Jennifer died on June 13, 2002. The Jennifer Linscott Tietgen Foundation was established to develop a legacy for Jennifer, to honor her memory, her high-spirited zest for life, her ability to overcome obstacles and not complain, her commitment to making life better for others and her enduring appreciation for family.

US Melanoma Facts and Statistics

  • Incidence is higher than HIV/AIDS and is rising rapidly.
  • Most prevalent of all cancers in the 25 to 29 year age group.
  • Leading cancer killer of women in the 30 to 35 year age group.
  • Can occur anywhere on the skin, even on areas never exposed to sunlight.
  • Someone dies of melanoma an average of once every hour in the U.S.
  • Most adolescents and young adults have little or no knowledge of melanoma.

You can learn more about melanoma at www.skincheck.org (link will open new browser window). This is the website of the Melanoma Education Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to raising awareness of melanoma among high school students and works relentlessly towards preventing the tragedy of young lives being lost to melanoma. Jennifer supported and deeply believed in the work done by this foundation.