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events by The Ryan Anthony Foundation

About CancerBlows

CancerBlows was a once-in-a-lifetime musical event bringing together the most famous trumpet players in the world in a special Concert and After Party on March 4, 2015. Trumpeters including Doc Severinsen, Lee Loughnane from Chicago, Arturo Sandoval, former trumpet players from Canadian Brass and more played a concert in Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center to honor Ryan Anthony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's principal trumpet and former Canadian Brass member, while raising money for cancer research. At the After Party, a smaller group of guests enjoyed desserts and drinks while being entertained by a select group of the concert participants in a relaxed and fun After Party jam.

The music and the mission go on…

Cancer Blows has become more than just a wonderful moment in time with several exciting fund-raising events in the works including:

MMRF is having their first Team for Cure 5K in Dallas, TX, May 7. CancerBlows will be represented and has created a team for the 5K run/walk. Ryan Anthony will also be the MMRF 'Spirit of Hope Honoree' and given the award prior to the race. Please join us with family and friends, support or donate to the CancerBlows Team as we raise funds for MMRF. See

March 6, 2016, will be a fantastic concert by Dallas group "Imperial Brass". This concert will feature a large brass ensemble playing classical favorites and music of John Williams. CancerBlows is honored that Imperial Brass has asked to make this concert a benefit with proceeds being given to The Ryan Anthony Foundation 501(c)(3). Please join me in the audience (and maybe a guest solo or two) listening to this great group perform and give back to the community.

The Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony is presenting a concert called "Ryan Anthony and Friends" benefiting CancerBlows. The concert will be Friday, May 20, 2016, in the beautiful Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. CancerBlows will provide soloist Ryan Anthony, Joe Burgstaller, Vince DiMartino and Michael Sachs with a world premiere work for trumpet and symphonic winds by Peter Meechan based on the last 3 years of Ryan's life with cancer - the struggles and triumphs in life that only music can fully convey. After spending nearly 10 years in Cleveland this will be an emotional 'homecoming' for Ryan Anthony as his performs again with local friends, continues his work with CancerBlows and helps shape the lives of young musicians.

The Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony is an elite high school instrumental performing ensemble based in Cleveland, Ohio. The ensemble is selected regularly to perform on the international level. These ensembles have become one of Ohio's top performing youth ensembles playing a wide variety of challenging pieces at a professional level. Founded in 1989 by Dr. Gary M. Ciepluch and Robert McAllister, the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony is now in its 23rd season (1995-96 marking the initial season for the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II.)

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Details to be announced soon for Dallas CancerBlows in May 2017!

Details to be announced later for future Los Angeles CancerBlows.

The events in March 2015 raised over $1 million with 100% of the net proceeds being donated to the Baylor Health Care Research Foundation and Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Our operational expenses are minimal and supported by separate underwriters.

But we have a long way to go. Cancer Blows and The Ryan Anthony Foundation are a small organization and your money really makes a difference. Your donations today help us continue to host these inspiring events and raise money for blood cancer research.

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The Mission

Through exciting & unique musical events featuring the talents of brass musicians worldwide, Cancer Blows raises both awareness and money to encourage research for cancers with a focus on blood cancers & Multiple Myeloma.

Event Beneficiaries

All profits from 2015 Cancer Blows events benefit Baylor Health Care System Foundation and Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Baylor Health Care System Foundation Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
Ryan Anthony

Ryan's Story

Almost two years ago, Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet, Ryan Anthony, had just completed a guest appearance with his old group, Canadian Brass, and wasn't feeling well. After the concert, Ryan told his wife, Niki, that he felt like his entire body was "jangling" as he ran off-stage.

Recent chronic aches & pains had sent the 43-yr old to multiple doctors searching for the cause. Blood tests revealed abnormalities but multiple doctors reassured him that "it can't be cancer" because Ryan was too young to be a candidate for the types of cancers that caused his symptoms. Fortunately, one doctor decided to test for cancer "just in case". The Monday after the Canadian Brass concert, Ryan & Niki got the call that no one anticipates or is prepared for – especially with two young children in elementary school – Ryan had been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a terminal cancer of the bone marrow that most often appears in patients 70 and older.

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Event Schedule

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2015 Artists

Ryan Anthony

Ryan AnthonyDallas Symphony Orchestra

Chris Martin

Chris MartinChicago Symphony Orchestra

Michael Sachs

Michael SachsCleveland Orchestra

David Bilger

David BilgerPhiladelphia Orchestra

David Krauss

David KraussNY Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Matthew Ernst

Matthew ErnstCincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Mark Hughes

Mark HughesHouston Symphony Orchestra

Manny Laureano

Manny LaureanoMinnesota Symphony Orchestra

Phil Smith

Phil Smith [Retired]NY Philharmonic

Mark Gould

Mark Gould [Retired]NY Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

James Thompson

James Thompson [Retired]Atlanta Symphony

Michael Walk

Michael WalkSt. Louis Symphony
(Section Member)

Chuck Berginc

Chuck BergincPhoenix Symphony

2017 Dallas Artist Line-Up Coming Soon