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The video below was produced, filmed and edited entirely by the members of the Live Like John Service and Leadership Institute (LLJSLI) to promote awareness of our mission. This first initiative of the LLJSLI is an excellent example of young people working together to create positive change.

In its fifth year, the Foundation works to involve students in its mission for the young patients afflicted with brain tumors and their families: better communication and coordination of care between patients, families and providers; improving the quality of life of patients; and most importantly, funding specifically targeted pediatric brain tumor research and research options to eradicate pediatric brain tumors.

The Live Like John Service and Leadership Institute was created in 2014 to provide an opportunity to student leaders who are eager to gain exposure to the workings of a Foundation Board, become aware and involved in a more than worthwhile cause, develop creative ways to provide assistance to the Foundation, and learn more about the members of our Board on a personal and professional level. This service opportunity will provide a great advantage for motivated students. Given the Foundation’s mission is focused on pediatric patients, involving the youth of the community could benefit the Foundation in elevating awareness for our important cause.

The 2017/2018 Live Like John Service and Leadership Institute Members:
Teddy Bracewell, Mount Carmel
Morgan Cardenas, Richards
Faith Carey, Mother McAuley
Annie Chellberg, Mother McAuley
Ann Marie Cleary, Mother McAuley
Pete Conroy, Saint Rita
Analia Dama, Saint Francis
Sarah Dunn, Mother McAuley
Sarah Erickson, Glenbrook
Ryan Fidler, Saint Rita
Grace Gorman, Mother McAuley
Liam Guest, Mount Carmel
Maeve Hartnett, Mother McAuley
Thomas Kleist, Brother Rice
Michael Larkin, Saint Rita
Will March, Saint Rita
Grace McGarel, Fenwick
Jack McShane, Brother Rice
Ryan Myers, Saint Ignatius
Henry Nash, Saint Ignatius
Ciara Nelligan, Mother McAuley
Moira Nelligan, Mother McAuley
Sean O’Keefe, Jones
Tara O’Malley, Mother McAuley
Thomas Phelan, Brother Rice
Mia Rugai, Saint Ignatius
Catherine Saas, Mother McAuley
Sean Smith, Saint Rita
Tom Stanton, Whitney Young
Natalie Sullivan, Marist
Maxwell Vandeveld, Mount Carmel
Pete Vandeveld, Mount Carmel

Graduated Members
Joe Alvarez, Brother Rice
Tom Alvarez, Brother Rice
Dominic Antonietti, Mount Carmel
Mary Kate Barron, Saint Ignatius
Caelah Borkovec, Marist
Kevin Corrigan, Marist
Jillian Crema, Mother McAuley
Jamie Doherty, Saint Ignatius
Sean Dunn, Brother Rice
Jack Grant, Mount Carmel
Nora Hartnett, Mother McAuley
Salena Ibrahim, Mother McAuley
Michael Larkin, Saint Rita
Nolan McNamara, Saint Ignatius
Brad McNicholas, Saint ignatius
Delaney Mulcahy, Marist
Desmond Mulcahy, Marist
Jack Nelligan, Brother Rice
TJ Saas, Brother Rice
Dan Smith, Saint Rita
Michael Sullivan, Brother Rice
Margo Vandeveld, Mother McAuley
Paul Witry, Saint Ignatius


The Live Like John Service and Leadership Institute – Goal
The goal of the Institute is to interpret the Board’s mission in a way that inspires young adults and teens, and hopefully will in turn expand and diversify the Foundation’s base of support. Institute member benefits include a hands on knowledge of philanthropic activities, instruction on the structure and procedures of Foundation Board, and undertaking service or other projects aimed at spurring involvement in, raising awareness of, and/or providing financial support for the Foundation and its mission.

The Institute members are from the teen and high school communities who are interested in raising awareness of the staggering statistics related to pediatric brain cancer.  They are actively involved in service and furthering the Foundation’s mission – to create a better quality of life for children and teens diagnosed with brain tumors and to ultimately find a cure for this insidious disease.

The Live Like John Service and Leadership Institute – Members & Member Responsibilities
Members are from a diverse pool of students from area high schools. Institute meetings are mentored by one or more representatives from the Board of Directors of the Foundation. Institute members  have the opportunity to meet each of the Foundation’s Board members and attend Board meetings. Teens who are interested in giving back to the community, and who are interested in volunteering their time for a great cause, are encouraged to apply for membership.

Institute members are required to attend regular meetings, participate in fundraising and awareness events and generally promote the Foundation’s mission in the community.



All applicants must be entering their Sophomore, Junior or Senior class for the 2018/2019 School Year. The deadline for submitting applications is 4/15/18. Applicants selected for interviews will be notified via email in late April or early May. All interviews will be scheduled and final decisions will be made by May 30th. Thank you for your interest!


Want to help change the landscape of pediatric brain tumor research? Consider donating today!

If you have questions, would like more information, or would like to email your application, please contact lljsli@livelikejohn.org.

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