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