At Karma for a Cure our medium has always been fashion and our core mission has always been philanthropy. We are passionate about finding a cure for cancer, as it is a disease very close to my heart. My fathers battle with cancer started in 2001; he ultimately lost the fight in 2015. It is my goal to continue to support the innovative physicians who gave my father a few extra years while the scientific odds were against him.
Neurosurgeon George Kaptain, M.D. and neuro-oncologist Samuel A. Goldlust, M.D. are the talented, hardworking and caring physicians who have made a positive impact in my father's life. From emergency brain surgery to extensive treatment plans, the physicians focused on giving my father the most important gift that every patient seeks: quality of life. Not only have they positively impacted my family, they are working tirelessly at finding a cure for cancer through their foundation, The Caroline Fund at Hackensack University Medical Center.
The Caroline Fund hosted their second annual 5K Race to benefit brain and spine tumor research on September 12th, 2015. Hundreds of advocates joined to race for a cure at St. Aloysius Church, Caldwell, NJ. Karma for a Cure cheered on runners at the finish-line and donated a portion of all clothing and Healing Halo sales to The Caroline Fund. After cooling down, runners were invited to celebrate at the Cloverleaf Tavern with a live band, cocktails and local pub fare.
The beautiful Vandemark Family (photographed below) welcomed all advocates with open arms and are a true inspiration to many. They lost their dear daughter/sister Caroline to brain cancer at the young age of 22. Caroline was also a patient of Dr. Goldlust and Dr. Kaptain (photographed running below) and is the inspiration behind The Caroline Fund. Caroline will continue to be celebrated with a 5K Race held annually. We encourage you to save the date and join us next year, September 10th, 2016. Together we can make a difference in the lives of others.
P.S. As if we aren't spiritually and emotionally connected enough, Karma for a Cure and The Caroline Fund both share a positive elephant logo. Trunk up, good luck!
Photography: Amanda Jedele