Exhibitions / Art for Eva

10.12.2010 to 17.12.2010

The ART FOR EVA charity art sale has been organized to not only raise the profile of Rett Syndrome but raise necessary equipment funds for a dear friend of the Ryan Renshaw Gallery, namely 3-year-old Eva D'Souza, who suffers from the neurodevelopment disorder. Emma, Eva’s mum explains,”Rett Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that begins to affect normal developmental milestones at around 6-18 months of age and nearly always affects girls. It is caused by a fault in a gene whose role is to instruct other genes to switch off and on. Loss of purposeful hand use is usually replaced with hand-wringing or mouthing and in most girls there is complete loss of verbal and physical skills. Other symptoms include seizures, spinal curvature, gastro-intestinal problems and heart disturbance. Eva has some but not all of the aforementioned Rett symptoms and we try to keep some at bay with lots of physical therapy and dietary changes. Since 1993 an Australia-wide study, which is the only population-based collection of Rett syndrome in the world, has been investigating this disorder. Rett syndrome affects 1 in 9000 girls in Australia.”