NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — More than 100 local residents helped fund research for an early detection method and a cure to lung cancer at Prelude to a Cure’s first 5K Trail Run/Walk For a Cure in North Caldwell on Saturday, June 11, in memory of Verona resident Pat Glennon.

According to Prelude to a Cure founder Claire Mattern, last Saturday’s event was so fun and successful that it will be an annual 5K Run/Walk event that will continually raise funds for lung cancer research and a cure in Glennon’s memory.

“Prelude to a Cure’s 5K Trail Run/Walk For a Cure was amazing,” said Mattern. “American Party DJ played fantastic tunes, the Hilltop Reservation trails were beautiful and challenging and thousands of dollars were raised for lung cancer research in our first 5K run. The whole day was a heartfelt tribute to a beautiful person.”

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Many supporters joined in the effort by creating teams, including the Penn States Alumni Northern New Jersey Chapter (or #PennStateAlumni) and First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, which are pictured above.

The winners on Saturday included Seamus Podwoski, Brian Glennon, Sean Lehr, Carol Stagliano, Laura Casale, Skylar Kuiken, Patrick Nancoz, Cameron Smith, Jacqueline Wolfstirn and Anthony Madaffeni.

The 5K event added to the more-than $50,000 that Prelude to a Cure has donated to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the last four years of its existence. The proceeds from Saturday’s 5K Run/Walk for a Cure through Essex County’s Hilltop Reservation were donated in honor of board member Brian Glennon's mother, who lost her fight against lung cancer in March of 2015.

“Unfortunately people don't realize that lung cancer is the top cancer killer for men and women,” said Mattern. “So we're trying to raise awareness as well as funds for research."

Sponsored by Thomas F. Ercolano Aia, Architect, and Brian and Elisse Glennon, the inaugural 5K event took place on paved roads, gravel roads, rugged trails through the woods and a trail through a meadow of wildflowers and natural grasses.

Organizers also thanked the following local businesses for supporting the Walk for a Cure with donations:

American Party DJ’s

A-D Photography

Lakeside Deli

Verona Inn

Frank Anthony’s

Bella Gente

Verona Sporting Goods


Sneaker Factory


Caldwell Sports

Kathy Jeanne Inc.


Manhattan Bagels

The Doctors office/Urgent Care


Town Scoop

Stop and Shop

Green Point Juicery

Sky Fitness