Elizapalooza Brings Awareness and Fun

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - It was a weekend full of festivals across the Midlands, but one event was full of tie dyed shirts and great smelling food.

Elizapalooza helped bring awareness and raised money to help save the life of Eliza O'Neill and others suffering from a rare disease called Sanfilippo Syndrome. Previous Coverage:Saving Eliza Campaign Continues to Grow Support

The goal is simple: raise money for someone in the community who needs help.

"Because if it was you, you would want people to help you too," said Natalie, a 9-year-old who took part in the event.

Elizapalooza was the brainchild of Faith Mcangus and Sherry Mcintyre.

"We've been able to share Eliza's story to new people, we can get it to new people," they said. "Everybody in Columbia and around the world will know her name and try to cure Sanfilippo Syndrome."

Four-and-a-half year old Eliza was diagnosed last year with the deadly disease that will rob her of the chance of growing old. The community has been rallying around the O'neill family for a year, planning events to help fund a clinical trial to hopefully cure the disease.

The fundraising efforts started right here in Columbia and grew worldwide, raising more than one million dollars in less than a year.

A final total from Saturday's event has not been announced.


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