A four year boy from South Jersey needs our help in a fight against a disease, this weekend marks a huge event to help him and his family.

Keane O'Brien is a happy and playful four year old boy from the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township in Camden County, and has been diagnosed with Leukodystrophy. Which is a disease that is described by the medical industry as a loss of white brain matter. Currently there is no cure and is ultimately fatal.


Keane has undergone more testing in the past three years than many people have gone through in a lifetime, including MRI's, CAT Scans, EMG's, EEG's, a Spinal Tap and many more- most of which are not covered by insurance companies due to the vast uncertainties associated with the disease.

So tomorrow (6/2) from 11am-7pm there will be a the first annual South Jersey Irish Festival to support the Keane O'Brien Foundation at RiverWinds Community Park in West Deptford (located at 1000 RiverWinds Dr. West Deptford, NJ 08086) . Admission is $10 for adults and free for children. All proceeds will benefit the medical expenses accumulated by Keane's family due to a lack of coverage from insurance companies.

At the festival, attendees will be able to enjoy local Irish bands, a beer garden, food and other beverages provided by Dubh Linn Square plus many other local vendors. In addition to the festive music and food, there will be plenty of family friendly rides and activities.

For more information about the festival you can contact Dave Doran at davedoran@optonline.net and to find more info about Keane O'Brien and the foundation created in his name please visit their website here.

I know that it's summer and we all have plans set in stone since March; but if you can find just a few hours in your day tomorrow, take the drive to West Deptford to help out this young boy and his family; and enjoy some great family fun while doing so. In my opinion that's what being a community is really all about.