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 has done countless rounds of chemotherapy, and taxing other procedures to keep him going but his Faith in God, his Family, Friends, and his amazing optimism has brought him here today, and inspired the Team Carone Foundation.
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. The Team Carone Foundation has now become what Rick envisions as his legacy. Rick is our inspiration, motivator, spokesman and biggest fan. Statistics regarding Pancreatic Cancer are far from encouraging, but Rick is a living, breathing miracle who continues to not let this diagnosis define him by living every day to the absolute fullest, while giving back. 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, including Rick, 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 and the Foundation does not handle Rick Carone’s calendar or events. If you would like to get in touch with Rick Carone please contact him via his personal social media pages.
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