Saving Eliza

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Raised by 37,171 people in 53 months
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Please visit our new campaign to continue supporting the fight for children with Sanfilippo Syndrome.  The campaign on this page is no longer accepting donations due to GoFundMe changing payment processors.  Please visit the new page at www.SavingEliza.com

All funds go toward the mission of our non-profit 501c3 Cure Sanfilippo Foundation (Tax ID: 46-4322131), which is to advocate for and fund research directed toward a cure or treatment options for children with Sanfilippo Syndrome.  Donations are tax deductible.

Our Story

It all started back in 2014, with this 3 minute video:  

Now, we truly believe we are witnessing
a miracle.  What else can explain more than 36,000 people already donating more than $2 million dollars, over the past 2 years, to fund a chance at life for our daughter Eliza and other children. Diagnosed 3 years ago with Sanfilippo Syndrome —a terminal disease sometimes called “Childhood Alzheimer's”— Eliza has now become the first child in the world to have been given this new treatment!  The second child has also been treated and in the coming months & through next year, a few handful more children around the world will be part of this groundbreaking gene therapy clinical trial that is already showing promising results.

The WORLD decided to rally around our little girl for this greater cause, and she’s become the face of this disease…a symbol for Sanfilippo parents everywhere not to give up HOPE.

 And we’re not giving up on them either.

Many more children are still fighting, and we won’t stop until every last one of them is afforded a chance at life. There are more children that need this treatment than there are available spots in clinical trials, and these precious little ones can’t wait. Given the rapidly degenerative nature of Sanfilippo Syndrome, not receiving a treatment, and soon, is a death sentence.  Can you imagine being one of these parents?

Since treatment, we see a new light in Eliza’s eyes— she is connecting with us in a way we thought was gone forever. She is working to regain the skills the disease stripped away in the 6 and half years it tore through her body.  She is a fighter!  Other Sanfilippo children deserve this chance too. At this stage, funding is one of the only things that will accelerate research to give these children a chance. Money doesn’t make the world go round, but it does bring medical treatments faster to children who are dying.

Our goal is to reach $4M here to help make this happen. Please donate TODAY to give these beautiful Sanfilippo children a rightful chance at life.  Please share so the world can hear their collective voices.

Our hearts are forever thankful for giving our daughter Eliza and others a chance at life.  We are reminded of one quote from a special supporter that has helped us through the hard days: “Keep the faith, and the faith will keep you”.  We believe!

Glenn, Cara, Beckham and Eliza (The O’Neill Family)



Learn more about Sanfilippo Syndrome here www.CureSFF.org/about-sanfilippo

Meet just some of the Sanfilippo families here: www.CureSFF.org/meet-the-families


Baby Sadie

Paisleigh and the Butler Family

Rowen and the Fernandez Family

Izzy and the Jurado Family

Keira and the Esposito Family 

Parker and the Talbert Family

Abby Grace and the Ferguson family

All funds go toward the mission of our non-profit 501c3 Cure Sanfilippo Foundation (Tax ID: 46-4322131), which is to advocate for and fund research directed toward a cure or treatment options for children with Sanfilippo Syndrome.  We are out to end this disease and help ensure treatments for as many children as possible along the way.  We must reach our goal and mission before it is too late for these beautiful children. With a donation and a share, you can make the difference!  Action saves lives.  Action brings miracles.  Our daughter Eliza is proof of that.

 Donations are tax-deductible. 

Other donation options:
-- www.CureSFF.org (click Donate)
--By check: Cure Sanfilippo Foundation, PO Box 6901, Columbia, SC 29260

 Follow the latest at www.facebook.com/ElizaOStory

Special thanks to the artists, who worked free of charge to help us:
Video by the amazing Benjamin Von Wong
Photograpy by the talented Anna Tenne Photography

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New Eliza 2017 Video! Eliza's 8th Birthday campaign has begun. A 10 day, $100,000 goal to help save and better the lives of innocent children

You never stop fighting for your child. Ever. I'll be honest, I'm nervous this year. It's hard to know how many supporters are out there, still following...still fighting with us to help Cure Sanfilippo Syndrome. We have only 7 more days to reach our Annual Drive goal to fund urgent research* for children, in honor of Eliza's 8th Birthday on Nov 16th.

We think Eliza is doing well overall, and can't believe our little girl will be 8 years old. She is happy most of the time. We cherish every second of time with her, and her loving big brother. The HOPE we have is thanks to your support! A VIDEO update is below and we hope you'll take a few minutes to watch.

And after you do, would you be one of our $100 donors this year (although every amount helps)? You can donate for Eliza's 8th Birthday Drive at our new Foundation GoFundMe link https://www.gofundme.com/savingeliza on on Facebook at at SavingEliza (dotcom).

The truth is, we will need YOUR support to reach this goal. Literally, children's lives hang in the balance.

Thank you for your kindness, compassion, and empathy. Our humble and deepest thanks is from all Sanfilippo families.

Love Gets Us Through,

Glenn O'Neill (Eliza's Dad)
Cure Sanfilippo Foundation www.CureSFF.org
curesff@gmail.com (anytime)
Latest Foundation update: www.CureSFF.org/update
#Happy8thEliza

1,000 supporters at $100 = GOAL REACHED! Will you be one?

* There are 3 current projects in need of funding, with a path to clinical trials for more children, for enzyme replacement, gene therapy, and mesenchymal stem cell to help heal the brain.

Alternate way to donate is by sending a check made out to Cure Sanfilippo Foundation, PO Box 6901 Columbia, SC 29260.
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Eliza's first days in elementary school! She has a one-on-one to help her, and is getting plenty of new interactions with other children. Big brother Beckham is doing great. Lots of love and lots of smiles.

We keep HOPE, and keep advocating for Eliza and all of the children with Sanfilippo. Stay tuned for our upcoming November drive for Eliza's 8th birthday!! Can't believe she will be 8!

THANK YOU so much for all of the support & continuing with us on this journey! It matters more than we can express in words. The O'Neill Family
First day of school - August 2017
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Your collective dollars continue to be hard at work. A Cure Sanfilippo Foundation June 2017 update at the link here: http://createsend.com/t/t-6B1212F3C091E594

Thank you for helping us make a difference, for children today, and for generations to come! #CureSanfilippo
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She inspires us every day. We love her every second. Video of Eliza practicing her singing from May 8, 2017. More updates to come, and thank you for supporting the fight for a cure. The O'Neill Family
Inspiring!
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Patti Walker
31 months ago

Evie raised $127 with her lemonade stand today! Just donated it to cureSFF! Hang in there, lovely people!

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Randy Ingle
38 months ago
9
9

I wipe my eyes as I read about this precious little girl. She has my prayers and my donation.

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Julie Imhann
36 months ago
5
5

Beautiful father- daughter dance! You are such an amazing and inspiring family. Praying for Eliza and all the other children out there.

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Patti Kozlowski
39 months ago
5
5

1 more dollar from every supporter and this would be a done deal. I can do that - can you?

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Jen DeFrates
39 months ago
5
5

I was going to suggest the same thing! $1 more dollar from every supporter and this would be a done deal. I can do that - can you?

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Jessica Hueber Smith
39 months ago
3
3

I was just thinking about Eliza's story and thought I should check out the page again, hoping you'd made your goal. I was so thrilled to see that you did! The internet can be an amazing tool when used for good.

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Wendy Wareham
39 months ago
3
3

Much love and many prayers for you all! Stay strong. We're all praying for you!

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Lehla Lee McMahan
21 months ago
2
2

Excited and hopeful...my prayers continue to be with your family and all who suffer.

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Shannon Haynie
21 months ago
2
2

I rejoice with you! What great news! May God be praised!

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Colin Murcray
39 months ago
2
2

Did it! 5$ for Eliza's 5 year battle. Let's keep it going. A dollar, 5, 10. We are so close!

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June Portale Haines
15 months ago
1
1

Wow! That's awesome, God is good!

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Carlos Orozco
18 months ago
1
1

Please have the O'Neils contact me. I can help to cure the disease. My name is Carlos Orozco, reside in Houston. My tel. # 832 7943994.

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La Liz
21 months ago
1
1

So pleased to hear this good new! Stand and fight Eliza! Hugs.

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Colin Murcray
39 months ago
1
1

Thanks for the 5 for 5 support, especially to Angela and others who encouraged it! I'm so glad to see the trial funded! I think we should still donate, though, as we can, while the gofundme page is still active. With Glenn and Cara staying home to keep Eliza germ free, I imagine money is tight, especially since they won't touch a penny of the money needed for the trial.

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Shiloh Jacobs
39 months ago
1
1

I'm in! Any way to contact those who've donated and share an update to bring this back to the spotlight. $1 each gets us there. So doable...spread the word!!!!!!!

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Bea Gibson
39 months ago
1
1

I think VonWong should get a big applause for helping to make this happen! Go to his site and look at his beautiful work. He gave of himself and look what happened...Thank You VonWong!

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Sara Miller
24 months ago

Hello, I am very inspired by your dedication to help your daughter and other children like her. I pray that these funds really make big steps in that direction. I don't know a lot about this syndrome, but from the little bit I read, it sounds like something is building up in her system which is then causing it to degenerate. I have 25 years of study and also helping people, via natural medicine. One recommendation that comes to mind, is Grape Seed Extract. I suggest this because I know what it does to prevent such processes in the body, at least on a basic level. I used to work with a company that distributed the grape seed extract and other special supplement type products before they were ever on the main stream market, so I learned a lot about them. Basically, the grape seed extract is a very powerful (I call it the Superman of them all) antioxidant. Oxidation in the body is the process that causes the body to break down and fall apart - it is also what causes a cut apple or avocado to turn brown. We all suffer from the oxidative effects of the environment, the sun, food, etc. Your daughter is suffering a similar effect from these compounds in her body (I know it is a crude comparison, but follow my crumbs...). One example is that it is especially helpful to diabetics or those who suffer from inflammation, also, reversing the damage of high blood sugars to the vessels, etc. Some people suffer inflammation and break down of the tissues that manifests as things such as tendonitis, which grape seed extract also does wonders for. Basically, what is in the seed of the grape is a compound that scavenges what is in the blood, joints, tissues, that is harmful to the body, the free radicals, allowing the body to quickly detox from them and heal itself. I know we are not talking about free radicals here in your daughter's body, yet I cannot help but wonder if the grape seed might offer her some benefit in repairing some of the damage that is being done, or at least slowing the process a bit? Note - the grape seed also works much better when used in conjunction with (working synergistically with) the other antioxidant vitamins, such as Ester-C (I do not ever recommend straight Ascorbic Acid, the purer more natural form of C you can find, the better - research helps), and natural Vitamin E also. This is not a comprehensive listing of the information on this supplement, but possibly it gives you something to work with and research, to consider. And to boost the grape seed even more, you can use a combination that includes Resveratrol, the other very helpful compound found in the skin of the grape. Always search for side effects and contraindications with any supplement. I just had to share because this is my all time favorite supplement. I suffer from the break down of my tissues due to Lupus - my body creates antibodies that attack my own DNA, and the result is incredible inflammation, to the point that it cost me my kidneys and did a lot of damage to my body. I was late diagnosed so that is why it did so much harm, but when I used grape seed it had amazing effects on reversing so much of the effects on my tissues, a Godsend.

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Susan McCabe
5 months ago

So proud of both of them -- Eliza for being brave to enter school, and Beckham for hanging in there and being patient. Kudos to them! Eliza is a doll, and Beckham is now a young gentleman.

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Joseph Nelson
6 months ago

Cheers to little Eliza on her 1st grade milestone! She's living her life and I'm sure having a blast. You must be proud parents! Hats off to Eliza!

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Iliana Montauk
7 months ago

Thinking of Eliza, all other kids with SF, and their families. Also have a clarification question: I thought you had reached your goal, but it looks like you haven't. What happened?

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$20
Joanne Walker
5 months ago
1
1

Keep going!!

$10
Courtney Viirgin
5 months ago
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1

Bless Eliza and the rest of these children. ♥ Keep fighting!

$18
Anonymous
5 months ago
1
1
KK
$100
Kevin & Michelle Kavanagh
5 months ago
1
1

Keep Fightin', Eliza!!

DY
$100
Dori Yelverton
5 months ago
1
1

so beautiful to see your little girl in school. Thank you for posting updates and sharing your journey with us!

Patti Walker
31 months ago

Evie raised $127 with her lemonade stand today! Just donated it to cureSFF! Hang in there, lovely people!

+ Read More
Randy Ingle
38 months ago
9
9

I wipe my eyes as I read about this precious little girl. She has my prayers and my donation.

+ Read More
Julie Imhann
36 months ago
5
5

Beautiful father- daughter dance! You are such an amazing and inspiring family. Praying for Eliza and all the other children out there.

+ Read More
Patti Kozlowski
39 months ago
5
5

1 more dollar from every supporter and this would be a done deal. I can do that - can you?

+ Read More
Jen DeFrates
39 months ago
5
5

I was going to suggest the same thing! $1 more dollar from every supporter and this would be a done deal. I can do that - can you?

+ Read More
Jessica Hueber Smith
39 months ago
3
3

I was just thinking about Eliza's story and thought I should check out the page again, hoping you'd made your goal. I was so thrilled to see that you did! The internet can be an amazing tool when used for good.

+ Read More
Wendy Wareham
39 months ago
3
3

Much love and many prayers for you all! Stay strong. We're all praying for you!

+ Read More
Lehla Lee McMahan
21 months ago
2
2

Excited and hopeful...my prayers continue to be with your family and all who suffer.

+ Read More
Shannon Haynie
21 months ago
2
2

I rejoice with you! What great news! May God be praised!

+ Read More
Colin Murcray
39 months ago
2
2

Did it! 5$ for Eliza's 5 year battle. Let's keep it going. A dollar, 5, 10. We are so close!

+ Read More
June Portale Haines
15 months ago
1
1

Wow! That's awesome, God is good!

+ Read More
Carlos Orozco
18 months ago
1
1

Please have the O'Neils contact me. I can help to cure the disease. My name is Carlos Orozco, reside in Houston. My tel. # 832 7943994.

+ Read More
La Liz
21 months ago
1
1

So pleased to hear this good new! Stand and fight Eliza! Hugs.

+ Read More
Colin Murcray
39 months ago
1
1

Thanks for the 5 for 5 support, especially to Angela and others who encouraged it! I'm so glad to see the trial funded! I think we should still donate, though, as we can, while the gofundme page is still active. With Glenn and Cara staying home to keep Eliza germ free, I imagine money is tight, especially since they won't touch a penny of the money needed for the trial.

+ Read More
Shiloh Jacobs
39 months ago
1
1

I'm in! Any way to contact those who've donated and share an update to bring this back to the spotlight. $1 each gets us there. So doable...spread the word!!!!!!!

+ Read More
Bea Gibson
39 months ago
1
1

I think VonWong should get a big applause for helping to make this happen! Go to his site and look at his beautiful work. He gave of himself and look what happened...Thank You VonWong!

+ Read More
Sara Miller
24 months ago

Hello, I am very inspired by your dedication to help your daughter and other children like her. I pray that these funds really make big steps in that direction. I don't know a lot about this syndrome, but from the little bit I read, it sounds like something is building up in her system which is then causing it to degenerate. I have 25 years of study and also helping people, via natural medicine. One recommendation that comes to mind, is Grape Seed Extract. I suggest this because I know what it does to prevent such processes in the body, at least on a basic level. I used to work with a company that distributed the grape seed extract and other special supplement type products before they were ever on the main stream market, so I learned a lot about them. Basically, the grape seed extract is a very powerful (I call it the Superman of them all) antioxidant. Oxidation in the body is the process that causes the body to break down and fall apart - it is also what causes a cut apple or avocado to turn brown. We all suffer from the oxidative effects of the environment, the sun, food, etc. Your daughter is suffering a similar effect from these compounds in her body (I know it is a crude comparison, but follow my crumbs...). One example is that it is especially helpful to diabetics or those who suffer from inflammation, also, reversing the damage of high blood sugars to the vessels, etc. Some people suffer inflammation and break down of the tissues that manifests as things such as tendonitis, which grape seed extract also does wonders for. Basically, what is in the seed of the grape is a compound that scavenges what is in the blood, joints, tissues, that is harmful to the body, the free radicals, allowing the body to quickly detox from them and heal itself. I know we are not talking about free radicals here in your daughter's body, yet I cannot help but wonder if the grape seed might offer her some benefit in repairing some of the damage that is being done, or at least slowing the process a bit? Note - the grape seed also works much better when used in conjunction with (working synergistically with) the other antioxidant vitamins, such as Ester-C (I do not ever recommend straight Ascorbic Acid, the purer more natural form of C you can find, the better - research helps), and natural Vitamin E also. This is not a comprehensive listing of the information on this supplement, but possibly it gives you something to work with and research, to consider. And to boost the grape seed even more, you can use a combination that includes Resveratrol, the other very helpful compound found in the skin of the grape. Always search for side effects and contraindications with any supplement. I just had to share because this is my all time favorite supplement. I suffer from the break down of my tissues due to Lupus - my body creates antibodies that attack my own DNA, and the result is incredible inflammation, to the point that it cost me my kidneys and did a lot of damage to my body. I was late diagnosed so that is why it did so much harm, but when I used grape seed it had amazing effects on reversing so much of the effects on my tissues, a Godsend.

+ Read More
Susan McCabe
5 months ago

So proud of both of them -- Eliza for being brave to enter school, and Beckham for hanging in there and being patient. Kudos to them! Eliza is a doll, and Beckham is now a young gentleman.

+ Read More
Joseph Nelson
6 months ago

Cheers to little Eliza on her 1st grade milestone! She's living her life and I'm sure having a blast. You must be proud parents! Hats off to Eliza!

+ Read More
Iliana Montauk
7 months ago

Thinking of Eliza, all other kids with SF, and their families. Also have a clarification question: I thought you had reached your goal, but it looks like you haven't. What happened?

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