According to Cancer Blows Co-Chairs D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock and Anne and Steve Stodghill,
“CancerBlows was meant to be a one-time musical event bringing together legendary trumpet players in a special concert and after party benefiting the Baylor Health Care System Foundation cancer programs and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation with donations channeled through The Ryan Anthony Foundation in 2015. Trumpeters included Doc Severinsen from ‘The Tonight Show,’ Lee Loughnane from Chicago, Arturo Sandoval, former trumpet players from Canadian Brass-all referred to as the Thirty Trumpet Legends.
“The event sold out and raised more than $1 million in cash and in-kind donations to help Ryan Anthony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet and former Canadian Brass member, raise money for cancer research. Ryan was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a typically terminal cancer of the bone, in 2012. Fortunately, with great medical care Ryan remains in remission. He and his wife, Niki Anthony, realized the event could be more than just a concert with funds used to raise awareness and money to further research that has helped give the Ryan family hope for the future.
“Just a decade ago, multiple myeloma was a death sentence with life span of three to five years. While the cancer is considered incurable and terminable, recent advances in research have greatly expanded the life span of newly diagnosed patients. In 2015, three new drugs were approved for treatment of multiple myeloma by the FDA increasing treatment options by 20 percent.
“CancerBlows will return to Dallas on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with The Legends Concert followed by the After Party in the lobby. Approximately 2,000 guests will experience the concert and approximately 300 guests will be included the in the After Party festivities.
“We thrilled to announce that philanthropists Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger are serving as honorary chairmen.
“There are a myriad of sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 CancerBlows event ranging from Presenting Sponsor to Student Experience Sponsor which allows students the opportunity to attend CancerBlows events, classes, discussions and meet and greet with event performers.
“Please visit www.CancerBlows.com for more information.”
* Photo provided by CancerBlows