Caroline Vandemark was born on February 3, 1991 in West Orange, NJ as the first child to her parents, Mary & Charlie. Her sister Eileen was born two years later. Eventually moving to Caldwell, Caroline attended Grover Cleveland Middle School and James Caldwell High School, where she was a member of the lacrosse team, swim team, and state championship winning volleyball team. Caroline could always be found with a smile on her face. In her free time, she enjoyed practicing yoga, painting, and spending time with her friends. In June of 2012, Caroline was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer that currently has few effective treatment options.
Caroline underwent several brain surgeries, as well as many rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and doctors vists, but she never once complained. Caroline was a peaceful and positive young woman that her family and friends greatly admired. Her energy radiated in a room like sunshine. Her positivity was contagious and she exerted it on everyone she knew, hoping to keep the spirits up at all times, even the hard times.
Caroline was determined to live her life as normally as possible. She remained enrolled in her college courses while putting up the fight of her life. Caroline went on to receive her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at East Stroudsburg University. She one day aspired to become a nurse to help those facing similar battles to hers. Caroline lost her battle to cancer on June 26, 2013 at Hackensack University Medical Center surrounded by her family and friends.
Caroline was blessed with the most dedicated and caring team of neuro-oncologists, surgeons, nurses, and support staff. She left such a lasting mark on those involved in her journey that her doctors, Dr. Goldlust and Dr. Kaptain, established the Caroline Vandemark Fund for Brain and Spine Tumor Research at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center in her memory. We invite you to help us to raise funds and awareness to assist them in their cutting-edge research techniques to be able to one day find a cure for glioblastoma and other forms of brain and spinal cancers.