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Pancakes for a purpose, raising money for a Maine kid with rare childhood Alzheimer's disease

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 100% of proceeds from pancakes at The Maine Diner will go to help find a cure for Spencer Smith who has Sanfilippo Syndrome.

WELLS, Maine — A five-year-old who suffers from a rare and fatal disease known as childhood Alzheimer's is getting some support from a local diner in Wells. 

Spencer Smith has Sanfilippo Syndrome which robs children of their brain function. Children can experience dementia and lose skills such as speech and other milestones; most die before they reach adolescence.

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But the Wells community where Spencer's dad, Nate, grew up and went to school is once again rallying behind the family, trying to raise $1 million for an experimental clinical trial that could save Spencer's life. The money is to fund the research. 

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On Tuesday, Jan. 28, The Maine Diner on Route 1 in Wells will donate 100% of proceeds from pancake sales to Cure Sanfilippo Foundation.