Family, friends and church friends are planning a benefit dinner/silent auction for the Wallace family Friday, July 29 from 4-8 p.m. at the Redman Hall on Main Street in Belfast.

Organizers are reaching out to surrounding businesses, seeking help with a possible donation for the auction or to purchase food for the dinner. Any and all assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Nicole and Josh Wallace have three little boys ages 5, 4 and 1. They are all special needs children with partial Trisomy 13. The two older ones have severe seizures, and require physical/occupational/developmental and learning therapy, weekly, along with several trips to see specialists.

Their 4-year-old son was born with a serious heart condition and has already had four heart surgeries; he will have to have another in a few months. The 1-year-old has not had any serious health issues as of yet, but is severely delayed.

Recently Gavin, their 5-year-old son, spent 11 weeks in the hospital between Portland and Boston Children’s Hospital. Gavin had a serious seizure that neither hospital could stop; he was put through intensive treatment with no good results.

Gavin is now wheelchair bound and has many other health issues resulting from the trauma the seizures caused.

Nicole and Josh are University of Maine Augusta students and have tried several times to get and keep a job. But the needs of the three boys are many and it’s basically impossible for them to work at this time. They devote all their time and energy into taking care of their sons. They rarely ask for assistance and quite often actually help others out any way they can.

This is an extra stressful time physically and mentally right now. Gavin is now home from the hospital only because they exhausted all possibilities of helping him there; however, he is still having seizures, often daily.

He now requires a special wheelchair; both his brothers need to be carried, as one can’t walk yet and the other has difficulty and needs assistance.

The family owns an older model Honda that runs, though with well over 200,000 miles on it and it is very small for their family. Now with all the extra equipment and medical needs for all the boys, along with the extra-long traveling to more appointments, we are hoping to make enough money at this benefit so they can at least get a newer, bigger and more dependable vehicle to ensure the entire family gets to their necessary appointments. We’re also hoping there may even be a little left over to help them with paying for gas for a little while.

Any donation to the effort to support this well-deserving family would mean a lot, as they will greatly appreciate any support you can provide. Also, if at this time you are unable to assist with making a donation, please help spread the word about the dinner and silent auction — tell your family, tell your friends.

Those who are unable to attend the July 29 event may also make a direct financial contribution to the family, if they wish. Donations can be mailed to TD Bank, 173 Main Street, Thomaston, ME 04861, made out to the Wallace Family Fund. Be sure to make a note indicating “Attention: Nicole Thayer Wallace,” as there are numerous Nicole Wallaces in the bank’s system.

For more information, contact Stacy Thayer (323-5059) or Ashleigh Thayer (323-5148).