Keep your face always toward the sunshine,
and shadows will fall behind you.
Walt Whitman

We want to introduce
you to
Spencer Smith

Spencer is the son of Alli and Nate Smith (pictured on the left). Nate is a former Wells High School star wrestler. We had the chance to speak with Spencer's grandmother, Charlene who is a resident of Wells, and if you haven't heard Spencer's story yet, we would like to help raise awareness and also do our part in helping to find a cure for this little guy and the many others who are dealing with the same challenges he is.....Spencer was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome , otherwise referred to as "Childhood Alzheimer's Disease ". He and his family received this diagnosis when he was 2 years old. What started as a possible hearing problem turned into fighting for a cure for a rare, and as of yet, incurable fatal neurological disease which eventually results in loss of basic skills like walking and talking. As the disease progresses, Spencer could experience bouts of extreme sleeplessness, hyperactivity and seizures.
As you can imagine, this family and the village that supports them is dedicated to finding a cure and saving Spencer's life through fundraising--there are not enough cases to be considered "worthwhile" for pharmaceutical companies to fund the research to find a cure. So the family has set up a Go Fund Me page to help raise enough money so they can fund the research and the clinical trials.
Spencer is now 4 years old. He has not lost his communication skills-says some words and uses some sign language. He has daily therapy sessions to maintain what he has learned and is in a fight against time.
If you can help us spread the word to help this family, we would be so grateful.
Each year, the St. Martha Knights of Columbus Council #12033 participates in a nation-wide project called the "Tootsie Roll Drive." If you took part in the Prelude festivities this past December, you may have seen these tootsie rolls being sold or you may have even bought some!
This drive is a way to provide financial assistance to non-profits providing services to individuals with certain disabilities, specifically physical or intellectual. The funds raised from this are disbursed by the Maine State Council Knights of Columbus to charities designated by each participating local council. The St. Martha KOC Council chose to designate their funds raised to APTS!
So it is with a warm heart that we say
~ THANK YOU ~
for supporting us for the 4th year in a row! We truly appreciate it and are blessed to know that you stand behind us and have helped to support our mission!
With the proceeds from the 3rd Annual Spurling Charity 5K last August, we were able to earmark monies toward a "wellness fund" which will provide such things as facials and mini massages. We have been very fortunate to provide mini massages to our clients through February and March. Massage therapy can lower blood pressure, increase circulation, improve recovery from injury, help fight fatigue, promote more restful sleep and increase concentration.

. Sarah Bound Grosse has been wonderful! We know how hard it is for caregivers to take time for themselves. We also know how beneficial and important it is so we want to ensure they get a little pampering too!


Want to learn more about Sarah?
Check out her website below!
Need Tax Help?

There is FREE income tax preparation being offered at several locations in the Southern Maine area. This is a partnership of the Volunteer Return Preparation Program of the IRS and AARP. All volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS. Most locations require an appointment. To find a location nearest you, just click the link below!
Virtual Support Groups

Ever feel like you are all alone on this journey with dementia? The reality of dementia is often something you don't understand from reading a book. There are several families out there who have documented their experience with dementia in an effort to help other caregivers and to create an awareness of what Alzheimer's and Dementia really looks like. The link below is "Molly's Movement"--a son's journey with his mother who has dementia.
What's Going On?
March calendar
Spring is on the way.....until then, please join us for some great programming and some good eats! Make sure to take a look at the calendar to see what we have added!
A huge thank you to all of our volunteers for offering their time and making a difference!
G  et your calendar HERE

REMINDER:
We added Tuesdays
to our calendar! 

Don't forget to stop in for
"Coffee, Tea and Conversation"
with Joan from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to chat, have a cup of tea/coffee and a snack. Joan will be there for you to talk with, or just listen and support.






FEBRUARY HEARTS

A SHOUT OUT TO EVERYONE WHO CELEBRATED A LOVED ONE THIS FEBRUARY BY PLACING A HEART IN MEMORY OF OR IN HONOR OF A LOVED ONE STILL FIGHTING. THE HEARTS WERE FEATURED IN OUR MAIN STREET DISPLAY WINDOW!

Have a happy and safe St. Patricks Day!!!