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Artist with ALS, M2 owner start nonprofit to support research

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Brian Fender, one of 10 frames from "The March," on sale at Artists Lend Support.
  • Brian Fender, one of 10 frames from "The March," on sale at Artists Lend Support.

Brian Fender, a photographer/writer who has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease), and Mac Murphy, the owner of M2 Gallery in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center, have incorporated a non-profit group, Artists Lend Support, to raise money for ALS research through the online sale of art. 

Fender, who had a show of his work at M2 in 2012, when he returned to Arkansas after his diagnosis, can no longer walk or talk but can type, he writes on the Artists Lend Support website. Artists who have contributed works to the site include Delta Exhibition winner LaDawna Whiteside, Jason Twiggy Lott,  Michele Mikesell, all of whom are represented by M2, and others, including Fender. 

Money raised is to go to Team Gleason, a foundation created by former New Orleans Saints football player Tim Gleason, who has ALS, to develop eye-tracking technology that lets the paralyzed communicate through eye movement, and the ALS Therapy Development Institute.




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