A new philanthropic event called Cancer Blows is coming to Dallas, and to kick things off, excited committee members gathered for a party at the home of Kathie and Randy King.
Event chairs D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock and honorary chairs Diane and Hal Brierley welcomed guests — including Barbara and Steve Durham, Karen and Nick Adamson, Robin Robinson, Courtney Rottman, Susan McSherry, and Tim Moore — for cocktails and conversation about the inaugural event, set for March 2-4, 2015, at the Meyerson Symphony Center that will benefit Baylor Health Care System Foundation and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
The man behind this mission is Ryan Anthony, a world-renowned musician and principal trumpet at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, who was diagnosed in 2012 with multiple myeloma. While undergoing treatment, Anthony was overwhelmed with phone calls from fellow trumpet players from around the world, offering to do whatever they could to help.
Ryan jokingly started saying, “We’ll all play a concert when I am healthy again, and we’ll call it Cancer Blows.” Now in remission and committed to finding a cure, Anthony has taken these world-recognized brass musicians up on their offer with the launch of this first-time fundraiser.
During the event Ryan will be joined onstage by legendary trumpet players such as Doc Severinsen; Arturo Sandoval; Lee Loughnane; and Canadian Brass alumni Ronnie Romm, Ryan Anthony, Jens Lindemann and Joe Burgstaller. Members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Tyzik, and the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band are also scheduled to perform.
“Baylor fights daily to advance diagnosis, treatment and care of patients’ suffering with various types of blood cancers, such as multiple myeloma,” said Rowland K. Robinson, president of Baylor Health Care System Foundation. “It’s truly inspiring to see one of our own patients, in full remission from this terrible disease, unite an entire community with such tremendous enthusiasm for this cause.”
Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are still available; individual tickets start at $75. There is also a VIP after-party option for those interested in meeting the trumpet players for $125. Call 972-203-2923 or visit the Cancer Blows website.