Family of boy blessed by pope gets nearly $100k in support


Pope Francis Kisses, Blesses Boy With Cerebral Palsy at Unscheduled Stop

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 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.

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

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Kristin Keating, center, stands by her son Michael, 10, after Pope Francis stopped to bless him after arriving at Atlantic Aviation in Philadelphia on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Michael suffers from cerebral palsy. (Charles Fox/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS via Getty Images)
COATESVILLE, PA - OCTOBER 8: Michael Keating, 10, looks on during class at the Child and Career Development Center on October 8, 2015 in Coatesville, Pa. Michael Keating, 10, suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. He is a twin to his brother, Chris, and a brother to his sister, Katie, 13. Michael's dad, Chuck, is the band director at a local Catholic school and was chosen to have his band perform at the Pope's arrival at the Philadelphia airport. When Pope Francis arrived at the airport, he made a quick stop to greet guests standing behind security fencing. Michael Keating made world wide news when Pope Francis bent over to kiss his head and then bless the Keating family. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ELVERSON, PA - OCTOBER 7: Michael Keating, 10, looks on as his mom, Kristin, cleans after dinner and his dad, Chuck, works on his laptop at the Keating family home on October 7, 2015 in Elverson, Pa.Michael Keating, 10, suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. He is a twin to his brother, Chris, and a brother to his sister, Katie, 13. Michael's dad, Chuck, is the band director at a local Catholic school and was chosen to have his band perform at the Pope's arrival at the Philadelphia airport. When Pope Francis arrived at the airport, he made a quick stop to greet guests standing behind security fencing. Michael Keating made world wide news when Pope Francis bent over to kiss his head and then bless the Keating family. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ELVERSON, PA - OCTOBER 8: Katie Keating, 13, tries to wake her brother, Michael, 10, early in the morning at the Keating family home on October 8, 2015 in Elverson, Pa. Michael Keating, 10, suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. He is a twin to his brother, Chris, and a brother to his sister, Katie, 13. Michael's dad, Chuck, is the band director at a local Catholic school and was chosen to have his band perform at the Pope's arrival at the Philadelphia airport. When Pope Francis arrived at the airport, he made a quick stop to greet guests standing behind security fencing. Michael Keating made world wide news when Pope Francis bent over to kiss his head and then bless the Keating family. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ELVERSON, PA - OCTOBER 8: Kristin Keating has a moment with her son, Michael Keating, 10, as twin, Chris, plays with their female lab, Shiloh, at the Keating family home on October 8, 2015 in Elverson, Pa. Michael Keating, 10, suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. He is a twin to his brother, Chris, and a brother to his sister, Katie, 13. Michael's dad, Chuck, is the band director at a local Catholic school and was chosen to have his band perform at the Pope's arrival at the Philadelphia airport. When Pope Francis arrived at the airport, he made a quick stop to greet guests standing behind security fencing. Michael Keating made world wide news when Pope Francis bent over to kiss his head and then bless the Keating family. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ELVERSON, PA - OCTOBER 8: Chuck Keating kisses his son, Chris, 10, before he heads off to work on October 8, 2015 in Elverson, Pa. Michael Keating, 10, suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. He is a twin to his brother, Chris, and a brother to his sister, Katie, 13. Michael's dad, Chuck, is the band director at a local Catholic school and was chosen to have his band perform at the Pope's arrival at the Philadelphia airport. When Pope Francis arrived at the airport, he made a quick stop to greet guests standing behind security fencing. Michael Keating made world wide news when Pope Francis bent over to kiss his head and then bless the Keating family. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ELVERSON, PA - OCTOBER 7: A video still frame of Pope Francis kissing Michael Keating, 10, is shown on Katie Keating's, 13, iPod at the Keating family home on October 7, 2015 in Elverson, Pa. Katie video taped the moment while attending the Pope's arrival in Philadelphia. Michael Keating, 10, suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. He is a twin to his brother, Chris, and a brother to his sister, Katie, 13. Michael's dad, Chuck, is the band director at a local Catholic school and was chosen to have his band perform at the Pope's arrival at the Philadelphia airport. When Pope Francis arrived at the airport, he made a quick stop to greet guests standing behind security fencing. Michael Keating made world wide news when Pope Francis bent over to kiss his head and then bless the Keating family. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ELVERSON, PA - OCTOBER 8: Kristin Keating has a moment with her son, Michael Keating, 10, before he his put to bed at the Keating family home on October 8, 2015 in Elverson, Pa. Michael Keating, 10, suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. He is a twin to his brother, Chris, and a brother to his sister, Katie, 13. Michael's dad, Chuck, is the band director at a local Catholic school and was chosen to have his band perform at the Pope's arrival at the Philadelphia airport. When Pope Francis arrived at the airport, he made a quick stop to greet guests standing behind security fencing. Michael Keating made world wide news when Pope Francis bent over to kiss his head and then bless the Keating family. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ELVERSON, PA - OCTOBER 8: Michael Keating, 10, is lifted onto his school bus outside the Keating family home on October 8, 2015 in Elverson, Pa. Michael Keating, 10, suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. He is a twin to his brother, Chris, and a brother to his sister, Katie, 13. Michael's dad, Chuck, is the band director at a local Catholic school and was chosen to have his band perform at the Pope's arrival at the Philadelphia airport. When Pope Francis arrived at the airport, he made a quick stop to greet guests standing behind security fencing. Michael Keating made world wide news when Pope Francis bent over to kiss his head and then bless the Keating family. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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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.

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."

RELATED: Pope Francis' visit to the U.S.:

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Family of boy blessed by pope gets nearly $100k in support
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Mark Perez wears a button bearing the image of Pope Francis while waiting for him to arrive for a visit to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington September 24, 2015, in Washington, DC. The charity serves dinner to about 300 homeless people daily at the site, and it will serve a meal during the pope's visit. (Photo by David Goldman-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25: Pope Francis visits Our Lady Queen of Angels School September 25, 2015 in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. The pope is in New York on a two-day visit carrying out a number of engagements, including a papal motorcade through Central Park and celebrating Mass in Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Kena Betancur-Pool/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 26: Pope Francis waves to the crowd gathered on the route to the Festival of Families along Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Pope is concluding his U.S. tour by spending two days in Philadelphia, having visited Washington D.C. and New York City. (Photo by Eric Thayer-Pool/Getty Images)
WYNNEWOOD, PA - SEPTEMBER 27: Pope Francis greets seminarians as he walks the loggia to his address to the Bishops at St. Martin of Tours Chapel at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, September 27, 2015 in Wynnewwod, Pennsylvania. After visiting Washington and New York City, Pope Francis concludes his tour of the U.S. with events in Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday. ((Photo by Tom Gralish-Pool/Getty Images)
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