Family Could Break GoFundMe Record to Save Child With Rare Disorder

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“The most successful fundraising campaigns are those that evoke strong emotions,” Damphousse said. “People are far more likely to support someone they know -- especially when an individual's well-being is on the line. Accordingly, GoFundMe campaigns related to medical emergencies, illnesses or accidents have always raised more money in less time than other, less urgent causes.”

Glenn O’Neill told ABC News that Eliza sometimes gets extra attention because of the campaign, but she doesn’t understand why. Since she’s shy, she covers her face when people recognize her from the viral videos. Overall, she's doing well, he said.

“We do notice things related to the syndrome in the way that she processes information,” O’Neill told ABC News. “She is not regressing on anything though and still learning -- just at a slow pace and behind her peers.”

PHOTO: Eliza ONeill has a rare genetic disorder called Sanfilippo syndrome. Her family launched a YouTube video to promote a fundraising effort toward a cure.
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PHOTO: Eliza O'Neill has a rare genetic disorder called Sanfilippo syndrome. Her family launched a YouTube video to promote a fundraising effort toward a cure.

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