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Family of Boy Blessed by Pope Receives Nearly $100,000 in Support

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    Michael Keating, who was blessed by Pope Francis shortly after touching down in Philadelphia for his visit for the World Meeting of Families, received $100,000 as a result of crowd-funding. LOST director J.J. Abrams contributed $50,000 of that total amount after hearing about Michael's story and his family's need for a new wheelchair accessible van. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015)

    The family of a suburban Philadelphia boy with cerebral palsy, famously blessed by Pope Francis upon his arrival to the City of Brotherly Love, has received nearly $100,000 in support through crowdfunding.

    The Washington Post reports the Keating family, in need of a new van, was urged by relatives to set up a donation page following 10-year-old Michael's newfound fame.

    Kristin Keating, who has undergone two hernia surgeries from lifting her 70-pound son, says she reluctantly agreed.

    After word about the family spread, the donations climbed as high as $94,000 — including a $50,000 pledge from Hollywood director J.J. Abrams and his wife.

    Pope Francis Blesses Boy with Cerebral Palsy

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    Pope Francis stopped his motorcade Saturday morning at Philadelphia International Airport to get out and bless the 10-year-old son of Bishop Shanahan High School band director's son who suffers from cerebral palsy. (Published Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015)

    Abrams, the director of the upcoming Star Wars film, says he was moved by the Keating family's "grace, strength and commitment to each other."