Eastside High School announced last week that its fundraising efforts during this year's Spirit Week contest with Wade Hampton High School would be dedicated to The Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST), which serves those affected by a rare neurological condition.
Last year Eastside High School raised some $130,000 for Project Hope, which helps children with autism. This year, FAST will benefit from Eastside's efforts, which are undertaken as part of a fundraising competition with rival Wade Hampton High School in the week leading up to the football game between the two schools.
Actor Colin Farrell, whose 8-year-old son has Angelman's Syndrome, thanked Eastside High School in a YouTube video last week for selecting FAST as the beneficiary of this year's spirit week efforts.
Angelman Syndrome is a neurological conditioned marked by developmental and motor skill impairment (among many other characteristics) for which there is no known cure.
This year's Spirit Week lasts from Sept. 1 to Sept. 7.