Event to Benefit Those Affected by Neuromuscular Disorders

February 16, 2009

An arts and crafts show to be held in Batavia later this month will benefit patients and their families who have been affected by neuromuscular disorders like neuropathy, muscular dystrophy, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

The show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Batavia Holiday Inn at 8250 Park Road, immediately off Thruway Exit 48. Admission is free.

The show will feature more than 60 vendors from throughout New York State and Pennsylvania. Featured items will include jewelry, woodworking, quilts, and foods produced regionally, like honey and maple syrup and even Monks’ bread donated by the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard.

The show is being arranged by Mark Farruggia of Retsof, who has organized several benefits benefitting local causes during the past decade. The event is hosted by Friends and Families Muscular Disorders Foundation and the Friends of the Neuromuscular Disease Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The University’s Neuromuscular Disease Center is sought out by patients worldwide for the treatment of a range of disorders and diseases. Much of the research by its physicians and scientists is geared toward ultimately making a difference in the lives of patients not only in the Rochester area but around the world as well. Current research projects in the center address periodic paralysis, neuropathy, muscular dystrophy, and several other conditions.

For more information about the arts and craft show, call (585) 519-1917.

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