Sometimes you get a glimpse of the good in humanity.
Glenn and Cara O'Neill received devastating news last year when they were told that their young daughter, Eliza, was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome, a fatal debilitating disorder that prevents the body from properly breaking down sugar and causes nerve damage, brain damage, blindness and eventually death.
Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital developed a form of gene therapy that they believe could help save Eliza, but the clinical-trial costs are a whopping $2.5 million.
So that's when these South Carolina parents asked the general public for help.
Glenn and Cara have hosted several events, including dance-a-thons, golf tournaments, and more, to help fundraise the treatment, but most of their money has come from viral videos that they've created with the help of various filmmakers, which were linked to a Go Fund Me campaign.
They've reached $1 million so far with the generous donations made by perfect strangers, and need to raise another million by October in order to move forward with the trial.
"Thank you to the thousands and thousands of people that have donated to our #SavingEliza campaign. Every dollar is making a difference. We are truly moving from HOPE to ACTION. With your help, we have now raised more than $1 million (as a foundation) towards our total fundraising goal of $2 million," Glenn wrote on their Go Fund Me page, and announced a new campaign.
"Today officially begins the 'Triple the Love Campaign' for Saving Eliza. If everyone who has supported or donated so far asks just THREE new friends to donate $22 each in the month of June, we will reach our goal! Help us triple the love for Eliza this month by sharing Eliza's story with three friends."
"It's all from extraordinary people donating whatever they can afford," the 41-year-old father tells People magazine. "People have reached out saying that they're out of a job but they want to donate $10."