You Can Save A Child’s Life By Helping This Video Go Viral

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Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 3.21.01 PMIf ever there were a reason for a video to go viral – this is it.

A South Carolina family is trying to raise the money to save their four-year-old daughter’s life. Eliza O’Neill was diagnosed last July with Sanfilippo Syndrome, and her body and mind will begin deteriorating in months without a cure. Her family is trying to raise more than two million dollars to fund a clinical trial for the cure.

Right now, Eliza is a typical four-year-old girl who loves Dora The Explorer, can spell her own name and “reads” books by memorizing words she’s already learned. This pretty much describes my three-year-old son. I’m sure it describes a lot of people’s children.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, will conduct the clinical trial, but it will cost about $2.5 million for this to happen. From the Daily News:

The hospital has gotten approval to start the treatment of the genetic disorder, which is caused by an ability to break down certain sugars.

The Columbia, S.C.-based family began raising money in their community six months ago and raised about$250,000 through fundraisers and 5K events, but they quickly realized they had maxed out on their individual efforts in their community and social media.

Is there anything more heartbreaking than watching a healthy child deteriorate? This is a fate that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I don’t have a lot of money, but I have words. And many of you may not have a lot of money either, but if you are reading this you have a way to take a few seconds and share this video.

The production novices did a Google search of “how to make a viral video” and ultimately connected with filmmakers DL Cade and Benjamin Von Wong, who produced the film for the family. “Be part of the miracle: Saving Eliza” went online Wednesday morning.

I will be effectively spamming everyone I know with this video and I urge you to do the same. We share jokes, Internet memes, and goofy videos all day long. One click of your mouse could make a world of difference in the life of this family. You can also visit this site to donate.

(photo: YouTube)