According to The Ryan Anderson Foundation President Ryan Anthony,
“The Ryan Anthony Foundation was formed in 2014 to host events called Cancer Blows™. The inaugural event will take place on March 4, 2015, at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX, where I am currently the principal trumpet player of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The idea of Cancer Blows began after I, Ryan Anthony, was diagnosed with a terminal cancer called Multiple Myeloma in November of 2012. The average age of a Multiple Myeloma patient is 71…I was 43 years of age when diagnosed.
“With two kids, now age 9 & 13, and told the average life span is between 5-8 years this was a major hit to our household. I immediately began treatment and underwent a stem cell transplant in the spring of 2013 at Baylor Hospital, Charles Sammon’s Cancer Center. Now in complete remission I’m setting my attention to not just finding ways to treat this cancer but be a part of finding a cure.
“Before moving to Dallas I was an active soloist around the country and had the chance to make many friends in the business. After my diagnosis I was touched by the many who reached out and all asked… ‘What can I do to help?’ My answer was simple… ‘When I’m healthy again we can play a concert together!’ So the concept of Cancer Blows was created and this March for the first time in music history the biggest names in the trumpet world will all come to Dallas and donate their talents for a concert to bring awareness and fundraise for a cure towards blood cancers.
My wish: That tickets be purchased for themselves and friends and family. Or if they can’t make the event place a donation towards Cancer Blows through The Ryan Anthony Foundation.”
-Ryan Anthony, The Ryan Anthony Foundation President
* Photo and graphic courtesy of The Ryan Anthony Foundation