Chelsea Gallery Walking Tour to Benefit Spinal Muscular Atrophy Research

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FightSMA New York's Second Annual Gallery Walking Tour will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 2-4 pm at some of Chelsea's most innovative and inspiring galleries.

Participants in an upcoming walking tour of art galleries in New York's Chelsea neighborhood will not only learn about featured artists and the inner workings of art galleries, they'll also raise money for a child-killing disease. The SMA Walking Tour, to be held on November 3, 2007, will raise funds for research into spinal muscular atrophy. The tour will visit six different locations over a two hour period, allowing participants a behind-the-scenes look at how art galleries operate.

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic killer of children under two. The neuromuscular disease causes a wasting of the muscles, robbing its victims of the ability to run, walk, crawl, play and, in many cases, even breathe or swallow.

"I'd like to thank the participants of the walking tour in advance for their support," said Kathy Tompkins, chair of FightSMA's New York chapter. "It's critical that we find a cure for this disease, particularly since research into SMA benefits dozens of other disorders."

The event is organized by Andrew's Buddies of New York, the New York chapter of international nonprofit Fight SMA. The tour will begin at 2:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. Participants will start at Rare Gallery (521 West 26th Street) and continue on to DAmelio Terras, Friedrich Petzel, Nicole Klagsbrun, Lombard-Freid Projects, and Postmasters Gallery. Each gallery director will speak about the style of the emerging artist featured in the current exhibition.

The suggested contribution is $25 per person.

For more information ont the walking tour, please visit or call Caroline Gibson at (804) 515-0080.

About Fight SMA:
Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Fight SMA (also known as Andrew's Buddies) is an international nonprofit group dedicated to accelerating research for a treatment or a cure for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a neuromuscular disorder that kills more babies than any other genetic disease. For more information on spinal muscular atrophy and Fight SMA, please visit The latest SMA news and research information is available at the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Blog, at


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