Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cards for Kyara

The University of West Georgia will host “Cards for Kyara,” a benefit show and sale in Gallery Two of the Humanities Building.

Local artists and UWG students have created dozens of artist trading cards that are miniature works of art sized 2.5 by 3.5 inches. The cards are on view in the gallery through March 6 and will be sold for $5 each at a reception on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Funds raised through the sale of the cards will benefit Kyara Dzenis, a four-year-old Newnan resident who is recovering from gastric transposition surgery in a Michigan hospital.

Kyara drank a chemical that scarred her esophagus at the age of two. When her esophagus did not heal and swallowing became difficult, the family traveled to Michigan where doctors replaced the damaged esophagus with one created from stomach tissue.

Due to complications, Kyara is still in the hospital four months later with family members staying at a Ronald McDonald House. Friend of the family and UWG student Claire Hyde coordinated the event.

For information about Kyara and her family, go For information on the exhibit, call 678-472-6932.

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