The first stop Pope Francis made when he touched down in Philadelphia was to bless a 10-year-old boy.
Michael Keating a twin to Christopher, a younger brother to his older sister Katie, and the son of Kristin and Chuck Keating has cerebral palsy and spends most of his time in a wheelchair.
The Keating family of five is in need of a working wheelchair accessible van. The lift they have on their current van which is second hand does not work. Kristin says she has had two surgeries for hernias she believe is from lifting Michael in and out of the van.
PHL17's Zachery Lashway who was present at the time Pope Francis landed in Philadelphia and greeted the Keating family reports the Keatings will be getting a brand new van.
The Keatings setup a fundraising page called "Michael Keating: Blessed by Pope Francis” to raise funds for a new $60-thousand van. To date the page has raised nearly $108-thousand. The largest donation of $50-thousand came from Hollywood director J.J. Abrams who is known for creating the hit television-show “Lost” and will be directing the upcoming “Star Wars”.