The Artists of CancerBlows

Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Loughnane (Chicago), Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band) and many more.

A Feature Documentary about the incredible story of world renowned trumpeter Ryan Anthony whose music gives hope, inspires millions and proves art is essential for survival.

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By The Numbers

Money Raised to date:

Towards cancer research

CancerBlows supported by


In the US,

People Live with Blood Cancer

During treatment, Ryan made

Hospital Visits

Our Story

In November 2012, Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet Ryan Anthony had just completed a guest appearance with Canadian Brass and wasn’t feeling well.  After the concert, Ryan said he felt like his entire body was “jangling” as he ran off-stage. The following week, Ryan was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a terminal cancer of the bone marrow.

During his treatments, Ryan was overwhelmed with calls from trumpet players all over the world. Each one asked what they could do to help, and Ryan jokingly started saying “we’ll all play a concert when I am healthy again and we’ll call it cancer blows.” As the weeks went by, the joke solidified into a real event with an impressive guest list. Soon Ryan and Niki realized it could be more than just something for fun but could be used to raise awareness and money to further the research that helped give their family a future.

Ryan’s hope was to survive long enough to see his children graduate from high school. Unfortunately, Ryan was not able to make that goal, passing away in June of 2020, just three days before their oldest child graduated. But his tenacity created The Ryan Anthony Foundation, and his spirit lives on within it.

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CancerBlows Returns To The Meyerson With An All-Star Line-Up Both At The Helm And Onstage Jan 19, 2023 11:30 AM by Jeanne Prejean It was 11 long years ago that Niki Anthony started on a journey that neither she nor her amazingly talented husband Ryan Anthony could...

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The Caregiver’s House of Cards – Niki Anthony

Wife, Mother, Daughter & Caregiver NIKI ANTHONY sits down with host Jeremy Lock to share her Last Letter and discuss family, her world famous trumpeter husband Ryan Anthony, and the uncertainty of "The Caregiver's House of Cards." LISTEN HERE

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Contact Information


1515 North Town East Blvd, Ste 138-449
Dallas, TX 75150



The Ryan Anthony Foundation/CancerBlows is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
EIN 47-1662054

Staff & Board

Niki Anthony

President/Executive Director
The Ryan Anthony Foundation

Noelle Dunavant

The Ryan Anthony Foundation