These days, you can find little doses of inspiration in all shapes, sizes and places. People who wouldn’t normally have a public voice are commanding huge audiences with the use of technology, YouTube and the social power of the internet. You may have already heard this 15-year-old’s story. His name is Keenan Cahill. He’s an Irish-American teenager now living in Chicago and he has a rare genetic disorder called Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome.
The disease has no cure, it affects only one in 25,000 people and it disables physical growth after age 8. But, for the past few years, Keenan has been growing a giant fan base lip-syncing to popular songs from the long-gone privacy of his own bedroom.
He told ABCNews.com, “I started three years ago when I got a Mac with a webcam in it…I did it to put myself out there and to see what would happen and where it would go.” He posted his first YouTube video from his bedroom in October of 2009, singing a Jonas Brothers song and this Katy Perry cover is probably his biggest hit to date.
Keenan’s unique look, rhythm and style have fueled a cyber frenzy over his funny videos. They’ve been watched online millions of times. Celebrities like rapper 50-Cent have made appearances in his videos. He has over 220,000 subscribers on YouTube, almost 76,000 fans on Facebook and 45,000 followers on Twitter. And, while Keenan’s exaggerated performances are hands-down hilarious, if you ask me, there’s something remarkably refreshing about his complete lack of inhibition.
To learn more about Keenan Cahill, you’ll find his YouTube channel by clicking HERE, you can join his Facebook page by clicking HERE, you can follow him on Twitter by clicking HERE or check out his website at KeenansRoom.com.