CALDWELL, NJ — Approximately 750 runners and walkers gathered at St. Aloysius Church in Caldwell on Sept. 10 for the third annual Caroline Fund 5K held in memory of Caroline Vandemark, a Caldwell native who lost her life to glioblastoma at age 22 in 2013.
The Caroline Fund, which raises funds toward brain and spine tumor research being performed by Vandemark’s surgeons at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), will continue to collect donations until it presents a check to the team at John Theurer Cancer Center at HUMC in November, where The Caroline Fund will announce its 2016 fundraising total.
“We had a fantastic turnout this year and we are thrilled that the event is growing and spreading to other towns in the area to help us to raise awareness of brain and spinal cancers like glioblastoma, which is the most aggressive form of brain cancer that took Caroline's life, and the necessary funds required for the cutting-edge research being preformed at Hackensack UMC,” said Julia Tomkins, secretary of the Caroline Fund. “We appreciate the continued support from the community and hope that the word continues to spread throughout New Jersey and beyond to grow our organization in future years to come.”
Tomkins also said that the Caroline Fund hopes to be able to support patients and their families that are experiencing the hardships of brain cancer in a larger way.
Moving forward, the Vandemark Family hopes to attract more sponsors in order to give the Caroline Fund room to grow.
The Caroline Fund is a 501c3 nonprofit organization created in memory of Caroline Vandemark and was this year also held in memory of Caroline's father and former Caroline Fund President and founder Charlie Vandemark, who died right before last year's 5K Race.
Since its establishment, the Caroline Fund has helped to fund cutting-edge research that has enabled the doctors to discover several novel treatment options. In its first year, the race accumulated between $45-50,000 and was able to double that number in its second.
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To hear more about Caroline’s story and the impact she made on the community click HERE.