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.
This web site is operated by the Team Carone Foundation.
In loving memory of Rick Carone- January 17, 1971- June 29, 2017
Team Carone Foundation