There are thousands of important charities and many companies make the decision to align themselves with one or more of those worthy endeavors. Recently, it became obvious to us that the cause we wish to support is The Ryan Anthony Foundation and CancerBlows.
Ryan Anthony is Principal Trumpet of The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the world-renowned Canadian Brass for many years. Since 2012, he has been waging a heroic battle with Multiple Myeloma, a type of blood cancer. He is also a long-time ChopSaver user. ChopSaver was created for musicians, but more and more cancer patients are using ChopSaver to help with dry, irritated lips that often occur during chemotherapy.
We are proud to support The Ryan Anthony Foundation and CancerBlows by donating 5% of all online purchases to this great cause!
(From the CancerBlows website)
The Ryan Anthony Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was created in 2014 to manage and support Cancer Blows events. The foundation strives to keep expenses to a minimum and is managed by a talented team of volunteers so that the majority of money given is used for its true purpose – to improve cancer treatment outcomes and ultimately find a cure.
Ryan began playing the trumpet at age 7. A child prodigy, while still in high school Ryan was honored as a Presidential Scholar; was only the second person in history to be awarded the prestigious Seventeen Magazine national solo competition Grand (the other winner was violinist Joshua Bell); and soloed with the Detroit Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra. Since graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ryan has had a successful career as a trumpet soloist and clinician – soloing with major orchestras around the world; performing for several years with the Canadian Brass and now acting as Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Thanksgiving Week 2012, at age 43, Ryan received the unbelievable news that he had Multiple Myeloma. At the time of diagnosis his Kappa Light Chains were over 13,000 (normal is less than 19), his bone marrow was 80% cancer cells and included test results showing ‘high risk’ probability. He had his bone marrow biopsy on Wednesday and, on Thursday, played the National Anthem with the DSO to open the annual Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving game at ATT Stadium.