Record turnout for 2024 Super Eliza 5K; $15,000 raised

April 19, 2024

The 2024 Super Eliza 5K was an incredible day , raising more than $15,000 for research, bringing the total raised at this event to more than $115,000 over the past nine years for Cure Sanfilippo Foundation! It was also a record turnout this year, with more than 140 participants registered.

This event is possible thanks to the volunteers at the University of South Carolina Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy (PPA) group, who have hosted this event for all nine years. “They are an amazing group and we are so thankful for the partnership!” said Foundation President Glenn O’Neill.

Everyone poised at the starting line of the 2024 Super Eliza 5K in Columbia, South Carolina.

The 2024 Super Eliza 5K also had several special guests. Seven families of children with Sanfilippo Syndrome were a part of the day. “It was such a pleasure to have the families of Eli, Eliza, Victoria, Jolene, Keira, Maria, and Aislinn (may she rest in peach) join us. The ability to be together and have ‘community’ is absolyutely invaluable,” said O’Neill.

Glenn and Cara O’Neill had the following message for everyone who participated and donated to the 2024 Super Eliza 5K that they shared on social media afterward, “Thank you all again for lifting the spirits of so many families and being part of this effort to help children with Sanfilippo syndrome!”

Maria and her mom, who traveled up from Florida for the event.

Victoria and her parents moving through the 5-kilometer course.

Some of the many wonderful supporters who came out and made the day’s event so successful.

Keira with her mom, dad, and younger sister.

Foundation Community Outreach & Education Coordinator Kassidie Reynolds spending a moment connecting with Eli, who visited from Georgia.

Eliza and her mom high-fiving Jolene as her mom pushes her stroller along the race course.

The event’s success was also thanks to …

Corporate sponsors:

  • Pediatric Mobility Innovations
  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
  • Excell Refrigeration of SC
  • Grayson Firm
  • Bardin Behavioral Health, LLC
  • UNC Health Children’s Muenzer MPS Research Center

Quarter-mile sponsors:

  • Hawthorne Taylor Pharmacy
  • Chiropractic Wellness Center, Inc.
  • Hooks Properties, LLC
  • Polales Horton & Leonardi LLC
  • the Prijoles-McCracken family
  • the Wong family

The 2024 Super Eliza 5K was featured by two local media outlets, joining in celebrating the event’s success – ABC 25 Columbia and WACH Fox 57.

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