D’Andra Simmons-Lock is going to be spending a lot of time at the Meyerson in May. As if she didn’t have enough on her agenda chairing The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon on Monday, May 1, at the Meyerson, she’s added another ball to juggle. After launching Cancer Blows last year to raise funds for multiple myeloma, she’s just signed up to co-chair the 2nd Cancer Blows on Wednesday, May 10. And, yes, it will take place at the Meyerson.
Luckily, she’s going to have some heavy hitters helping her. Of course, it wouldn’t be Cancer Blows without Niki and Ryan Anthony, who inspired the creation of the multiple-myeloma fundraiser.
Back story: Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet Ryan was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a terminal cancer of the bone marrow that usually hits folks over 65. Ryan was just 43. Thanks to research and developments, Ryan’s treatments resulted in his remission. During his battle with the disease, he was overwhelmed by the support of trumpet players from all over the world. The Anthonys finished battling multiple myeloma and created The Ryan Anthony Foundation to provide funding for additional efforts.
Joining D’Andra, Niki and Ryan will be D’Andra’s husband, award-winning photographer Jeremy Lock, and her buds Anne and Steve Stodghill.
Making the leadership a true home run is the addition of Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger as honorary co-chairs!
All of these folks are on board because they have firsthand knowledge of how cancer can dramatically change the lives of the patients, as well as their families.
The evening will include a concert by some of the world’s most prestigious trumpets and an after-party at the Meyerson with the concert being simulcast to a nearby location and live streamed.
Stay tuned for the list of artists who will be making music history and big bucks to tackle multiple myeloma.
* Graphic provided by Cancer Blows