Keith was born on August 14 1975, and at 1 and a half years old was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis, a rare genetic disorder that causes non-malignant tumors to grow on the brain and organs. Keith is unable to dress himself, bathe himself or even speak. For the past six years, Keith has been attending Central Aroostook Association where the Director of Adult Services, Pamela Powers has seen Keith grow over the years.
“We worked really hard and Keith worked really hard and we had the support of his parents behind us, and to see him grow it just makes you really happy to know that Keith has grown, and that was our goal for Keith to become more independent,” says Powers.
Powers says it’s a slow process, but seeing him break out of his shell is very rewarding. Keith’s father Armand Saucier could not be more thankful for his son, especially for what happened back on January 10. Armand says it was about 2:30 in the morning when Keith came to their bedroom door. Armand got up to see what he wanted and suddenly smelled creosol burning. He ran outside and saw flames coming out of the chimney and knew they had a chimney fire.
“We were thankful that Keith was alert. We weren’t aware that there was a problem, but he was aware. He brought that to our attention. Without him the house could of burned down, and we’re proud of him .But anyway, we want to give him thanks for what he did for us,” says Saucier.
The school also gave thanks to Keith.
“For Keith helping his mom and dad, the association got together and gave him a $5 gift certificate to McDonald’s and a certificate of appreciation for what he did. We took his picture with his award and he was all smiles.”
Armand could not be more proud of his son, and he is very thankful that he was alert and saved not only their house, but their lives.
“We cared for Keith for 38 years, he was at that particular time, cared for us and we’re so proud of him.”