Team Carone Foundation was founded on August 1, 2014 after being inspired by a family member, Rick Carone, who was diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer on May 28th, 2013. This diagnosis came after Rick went to an urgent care facility prior to a trip to Texas. They urged him to see a specialist right away because they detected high liver enzymes and his bilirubin level was through the roof. Rick decided to go to Texas because he was celebrating his daughters 16th birthday. He felt sick the entire trip including passing out several times on the return flight home. Rick decided to go straight to a hospital when he landed. There they did multiple tests and decided to perform surgery to open his bile duct, which they thought, was the source of his problem. It was then they noticed a mass on his pancreas along with lesions on his liver. A CT scan revealed that the mass was Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. Rick engaged with the top pancreatic cancer specialists in Chicago and to his dismay found out that the new procedures for dealing with the cancer were not available to him due to the cancerous legions on his liver. Rick fought hard doing countless rounds of chemotherapy, and taxing other procedures to keep him going but sadly passed away on June 29th of 2017. His Faith in God, his Family, Friends, and his amazing optimism allowed him to survive as long as he did. The Team Carone foundation is Rick’s legacy.

In 2013 the first event was called ‘Cary for Carone’ where the town of Cary, and neighboring towns came together to support Rick, and his family in his fight to #ShutDownCancer. The following year, the Team Carone Foundation was officially formed and the event was changed to the #ShutDownCancer Music Fest. Rick wanted this event to be on a bigger scale, to bring awareness to all types of cancer, and those who are affected by it. Team Carone Foundation is about doing more to help raise funds for local cancer research, work within the community to give financial gifts of love to those suffering from cancer, along with having scholarships at all the local high schools in District 155 for student athletes. Rick is our inspiration and the Team Carone foundation will continue to live on in his honor. Statistics regarding Pancreatic Cancer are far from encouraging, but Rick’s courage and his ability to not let this diagnosis define him by living every day to the absolute fullest, while giving back is what allowed him to surpass all the odds and live four years with this diagnosis. Team Carone Foundation is made of up family, friends, and supporters who believe if we all work together we in fact one day will #ShutDownCancer. Thank you for your support!

Team Carone Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. No one involved in the Foundation, the officers and directors, benefit financially in any way. The fact that no one involved with the Foundation operations take no compensation is rare for non-profits. All donations support the Foundation mission with administrative costs, necessary to ensure regulatory compliance, are kept to a minimum.

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In loving memory of Rick Carone- January 17, 1971- June 29, 2017

Team Carone Foundation