Giving Back

Caroline Vandemark Lives On at First Annual Caroline Fund 5K Set for September 13

August 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Saturday, September 13, the First Annual “Caroline Fund 5k” will be held in Caldwell beginning with a 7:30 am registration at St. Aloysius Church parking lot, 219 Bloomfield Avenue. The event will honor the life of Caroline Vandemark, who passed away from inoperable brain cancer on June 26, 2013, with proceeds to be donated to The Caroline Vandemark Fund for Brain and Spine Tumor Research at the John Theurer Cancer Center in Hackensack.

Caroline was a compassionate young with woman with a positive spirit and love for life.  Her warm presence and heartfelt smile brightened the mood of every room she entered.  Caroline grew up in West Orange and moved to Caldwell a decade ago, and in 2009 she graduated from James Caldwell High School. Her pursuit of academic achievement took her to East Stroudsburg University where she studied psychology.

In June of 2012 Caroline was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, the most malignant of all brain tumors, offering little to no effective treatment options. Caroline endured countless rounds of radiation, chemo-therapy, and multiple surgeries. A year-long battle with brain cancer still was not enough to stand in the way of Caroline's goal to receive her Bachelor's Degree, and in May 2013, she received her Psychology degree from East Stroudsburg University.

Sign Up for E-News

On June 26, Caroline passed away surrounded by family, friends, and her world-class medical staff at Hackensack University Medical Center, leaving the world a better place. Last July, family and friends of the Vandemark family held “The Sweet Caroline Benefit” at the Shillelagh Club in West Orange. Its goal was to help the Vandemark family with Caroline’s medical bills. 

This year's First Annual Caroline Fund 5K Run/Walk will raise funds to help others battling cancerous tumors found in the brain and spine. All proceeds will go directly to The Caroline Vandemark Fund for Brain and Spine Tumor Research at the John Theurer Cancer Center. The fund was established by Dr. Sam Goldlust and Dr. George Kaptain this past September, the two doctors who were by Caroline’s side during her courageous bout with Glioblastoma. 

The registration fee is $25 and the 5K begins at 9:00 am. For those unable to participate in or attend the race, there are several ways to donate and get involved. Corporate sponsorships are being sought. Go to to find out more or to donate online. Corporate and personal checks can made payable to the “Caroline Fund 5K” and mail them to 96 Central Ave., Caldwell, NJ 07006. Email with questions. 

Caroline Vandemark made a difference in the lives of others during her too-short twenty-two years of life. It is hoped that the First Annual Caroline Vandemark 5K will make a difference in the lives of many more. The mission statement of the Caroline Vandemark Foundation notes, "We will not go quietly; we will not back down.” Caroline didn’t, and neither should we. 

(Editor's Note: Former West Orange High School TAP Team Member Chris Hanley is getting ready to head off to Rutgers. Chris and his family are good friends of the Vandemarks and he will be participating in Caroline's 5K Race.)




TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Livingston's Elves Celebrate with Area Residents as Camuso Holiday Display is Lit

December 7, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Known throughout Livingston as the former editor of the “West Essex Tribune” and a longtime member of the planning board and other committees, Nancy and Richard Dinar, alongside their family, had the honor of officially lighting the Camuso display at the Livingston Memorial Oval on Saturday.

The evening was highlighted by a performance from the Livingston ...

Randolph's Brendan Fletcher Reaches Top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice”

December 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - “And though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea,” Led Zepplin, Ten Years Gone

After years of changing his course, living in New Jersey, Boston, Brooklyn, and Charleston, all while singing in small local bars, at open mic nights, and working as a bartender to make ends meet, Randolph’s Brendan Fletcher always ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, December 13, 12:00 PM

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, Short Hills

Turtle Tots Program Returns to the Cora Hartshorn ...

Education Green


Tue, December 13, 6:00 PM

The Westin Princeton At Forrestal Village, Princeton

ACG NJ Announces Princeton Event December 13th, ...

Arts & Entertainment Business & Finance Food & Drink

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Alex Weiss on Drums

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight 11-year-old Alex Weiss, a fifth grader at Collins Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Alex studies drums at Andy’s under the instruction of Joe Vitello. He says hid favorite band is Fall Out Boy and that his dad is his number one musical influence.

Check him out in the video ...

Q/A With Owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp

Recently, the owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Dan Milman and George Stein, took part in a fun Question and Answer session. Below are the questions and their responses. To learn more about Milman, Stein and Meadowbrook, click here to read a recent article that ran on


George: A six lb.

What's in a Name?

Sign here:   ________________________________


And here and here and here.  Initial these five boxes.  Then sign right here and over here stating that you understand that you are signing something you haven’t read.  And on the last page please sign and date this disclaimer stating that you are fully responsible for signing and dating this document even if you ...

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales' Captures Old-Fashioned Nostalgia at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – It’s clear the Welsh love to sing as the evening moves on with relatives gathering for Christmas dinner at the Thomas home in Wales.

The play opens with three children and then a chorus singing “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,” a melancholy tune that conjures visions of Swansea, a village in Wales,  with “fallen snow on ...