BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A little boy who captivated the attention of Western New York has died. Benjamin Sauer lost his fight with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer on Tuesday.
The 5-year-old with an identical twin sparked the “Blue 4 Ben” phenomenon, which spread the blue across social media accounts and set WNY landmarks awash in the color.
Schools, offices, and work groups took his favorite color and made it a movement, helping raise money for his treatment, while uniting WNYers with his parents, Andy and Mindy Sauer, in an effort to pray for a miracle. An enormous auction and basket raffle at The Chapel in March helped raise thousands of dollars for Ben’s medical care.
Ben was given weeks to live in February, but he fought for three months, and was able to celebrate his 5th birthday last week with his brother, Jack. Over the weekend, his condition deteriorated rapidly. He succumbed to cancer at 8:05 p.m. on Tuesday.
Ben will be laid to rest at The Chapel at Crosspoint on Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m. He is survived by his twin brother, a younger sister, and his parents. His mother is currently pregnant with a girl.