Artists’ work inspired by kids will be auctioned off in Coral Gables in name of charity

05/29/2014 7:55 PM

05/29/2014 8:32 PM

The works of a group of mixed-media artists, inspired by the drawings of children diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy, will be auctioned for charity Friday at the Coral Gables Museum.

The 7 p.m. event will raise funds for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a nonprofit organization that promotes research for a cure to Duchenne, a muscular dystrophy disease that usually affects boys.

The idea for the auction was born last year in the home of artists José L. Moya and his wife, Alejandra Ruiz, co-creators of the “I’ll Walk for You” project.

“During Thanksgiving dinner last year, my wife and I started thinking about how blessed we were to have a healthy family,” Moya said. “Then we thought about our friends.”

He was talking about Liannette González and Héctor Casals, the parents of Alex, 7, who had been diagnosed with Duchenne.

The project was carried out by family members and friends who got 32 kids with the disease to make drawings that were used to inspire adult artists who volunteered to create the pieces.

Artists from the United States, Argentina, Canada, Spain, Venezuela and Peru agreed to help Moya’s vision come to life.

In addition to the works created exclusively for the auction, the exhibition will include pieces from private collections.

“Health is a gift that almost everyone takes for granted. But Lianette and Hector don’t,” said Moya, 52. “Their son’s body is progressively deteriorating because of this disease.”

Duchenne is the most common type of muscular dystrophy, said Roberto Lopez-Alberola, lead neurologist at the University of Miami’s School of Neurology for Children.

Muscular dystrophy is a group of diseases that weaken the musculoskeletal system, make movement difficult and can bring on cardiac, respiratory and endocrine complications.

“All of these diseases stem from a genetic base, and although most are hereditary, they can have new mutations without a family history,” Lopez-Alberola said.

The participating artists include Yovani Bauta, Héctor Catá, Aisar Jalil, Lorenzo René Moya, Asún Torras and Nedine del Valle. But they are not the only ones who have joined with Moya and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

Voces de Hoy, a Spanish-language Miami newspaper, will sell the book For You I’ll Walk, featuring original narratives by Teresa Coraspe, Jorge Luis Seco, Blanca Segarra and others.

Gonzalez, 37, said she is grateful for the positive response from artists and the Miami community, and that she would continue “walking” tirelessly for her son and other children suffering from Duchenne until a cure is found.

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