Columbia, SC (WLTX)-The government is back up and running and that is especially good news for the O'Neill Family. They arecounting on a clinical trial to help save their daughters life.
The shutdown wasn't their only hurdle, they are also trying to raise $2.5 million dollars to help fund the clinical trial in Ohio.
Glenn and Cara O'Neill's daughter, Eliza, is battling a rare terminal genetic disease. The 3-year-old was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome Type-A. Children with this disease are missing an enzyme which is essential to breaking down certain sugar molecules. The body and mind begin failing at various stages and speed.
Sherry McIntyre wanted to help, even though she doesn't know the O'Neil's personally.
"These are called fishtails for Eliza," said McIntyre.
McIntyre and her kids started making rubberband bracelets to help raise money for Eliza and other kids suffering from Sanfilippo.
"The story really touched my heart, especially having kids of my own about the same age," said McIntyre.
The O'Neil's say the support has been overwhelming.
"For someone to do this for someone they don't even know," said Glenn. "It is really hard to put into words what this means.
"Fishtails for Eliza" are $5. To order send an email to Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Include your name, address, quantity favorite colors and adult or children size)
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