BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Tributes are pouring in for a young boy from Clarence, whose fight with cancer touched and inspired so many people in western New York. Ben Sauer, the child behind the Blue 4 Ben movement, died Tuesday. He was five years old.
Ben’s mother posted a message on Facebook Wednesday, thanking everyone for their prayers, and saying her baby is at peace now.
Many people say they will be wearing ‘Blue 4 Ben’ Thursday, that phrase got attention around western New York and across the country. Ben’s infectious smile got support from thousands of people.
Army Major Patrick Miller, wounded in the shootings at Fort Hood in April, tweeted Wednesday that Ben had motivated him “with his bravery and perseverance.” “We lost an amazing little boy today. RIP.”
Ben had been fighting an aggressive cancer so rare, it affects less than one percent of the population. Western New York landmarks, including Niagara Falls, Buffalo Central Terminal, the Electric Tower and the Peace Bridge have all been lit ‘Blue 4 Ben.’
Ben will be laid to rest following a celebration of life this Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel at Crosspoint in Getzville. Ben’s mother says everyone is welcome.
She wrote on her blog Wednesday night the family has hope because, “Ben would be welcomed by Jesus, given wings, and live in a beautiful place where it never gets dark, people don’t get sick, and animals get along. He would fit right in. Because of that hope, we have comfort.”