Complete strangers have been donating to a family in need.
Glenn and Cara O'Neill are happy and proud parents of 4-year-old Eliza. Unfortunately when Eliza was three, her parents learned their daughter was diagnosed with a rare metabolic disorder. They knew it was a death sentence unless they could come up with $2.5 million for a clinical trial that could save her life. So far, the South Carolina parents have raised more than $1 million from complete strangers!
Eliza has been diagnosed with Sanfilippo syndrome A, the most severe form of the genetic disorder that prevents the body from properly breaking down sugar. The disorder causes nerve damage, brain damage, blindness and eventually, death. Parents Cara and Glenn found out that researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital have developed a form of gene therapy that could be a cure for the syndrome. The clinical trial costs a massive $2.5 million.
The family created a video about Eliza’s story, have hosted events, golf tournaments and a Go Fund Me campaign to bring awareness and raise funds for their daughter. They have raised over $1 million and that number is growing. The family is just overwhelmed by how many people have donated to the cause. Even people who are out of work and struggling want to donate. They need the additional money by October.
"Thank you to the thousands and thousands of people that have donated to our #SavingEliza campaign," father Glenn wrote on the Go Fund Me page. "Every dollar is making a difference. We are truly moving from HOPE to ACTION. With your help, we have now raised more than $1 million (as a foundation) towards our total fundraising goal of $2 million."
He then announced a new campaign.
"Today officially begins the 'Triple the Love Campaign' for Saving Eliza. If everyone who has supported or donated so far asks just THREE new friends to donate $22 each in the month of June, we will reach our goal! Help us triple the love for Eliza this month by sharing Eliza's story with three friends."
By age five, Eliza will most likely begin to experience irreversible brain damage and eventually lose her ability to speak, eat or walk. Share this incredible story to help this young girl!