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