Preview of MSU Wind Symphony honoring “Cancer Blows” | October 24, 2019

Preview of MSU Wind Symphony honoring “Cancer Blows” | October 24, 2019


music changes lives Cancer Blows is the commonly known
name of the Ryan Anthony Foundation which is set up to raise money for
cancer research. Ryan and I have been friends for– I don’t know, maybe ten years?
Incredible guy, incredible musician, amazing trumpet player, but around seven
years ago he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma cancer, which is a kind of blood
cancer I think fairly similar to leukemia. And it’s– it’s so powerful that
Ryan Anthony has been been doing this still and playing his trumpet– he had
the option just to quit trumpet and just fight cancer and stop playing
and doing what he loves, but he’s still out there performing even though he’s
sick and it’s really powerful to see that and when people hear that it just
adds another level of emotion to the music. This is about more than just one
person it’s about all of us. So being part of a concert that is meant to raise
awareness for cancer research is really special because we get to do something
that we love to benefit other people and facilitate change. Something like this is
a one-of-a-kind event and it’s a chance for our community in the Greater Lansing
area and Michigan to unify and be part of this change and be part of something
greater than ourselves and so I think it goes further than just the music. Cancer gets 1 in 3. And when cancer affects that many people
you know that we can deal with times of adversity with– through music that we can
maybe find hope because of music, that we can maybe
soften the blows through music, and enjoy friendship more through music. Ultimately
the power of music is community. It’s the ability to bring people together to
unite in that because it’s– it should never ever be a fight alone.