Clarence, NY (WBEN) Ben Sauer, the young man who inspired the #Blue4Ben movement as he battled a rare cancer, has passed away.
Ben died Tuesday night, a week after turning five. His mother Mindy kept a blog of Ben's journey as he fought Stage IV Glioblastoma, a rare form of cancer. The Blue4Ben Facebook page wrote, "Ben is with Jesus now. He took his first breath in heaven peacefully at 8:05pm last night. Thank you so much for praying. Our baby is at peace now."
On Monday, Mindy Sauer wrote, "This past weekend brought a sharp turn for Ben. A bad one. His speech has been increasingly mumbled so we can barely understand what he says at all. When we do understand what he says, it's usually him asking for more medicine. The other day, he asked why his head is still hurting if he's taking all of his medicine."
She added this prayer, "Lord, comfort your beautiful son in these next few days. Give him peace. And alleviate his pain. Show him the way into heaven and promise me, You'll be the first to greet him. Wipe away his tears and let him know we won't be that far behind him. Tell him to look out for his big brother and baby sisters while they navigate this life. Perhaps you can introduce him to his sibling we lost in-utero more than two years ago. I'm sure his relatives that are there waiting won't have a problem recognizing him for themselves. He's going to love all of the animals - frogs and snakes are his favorite - and he's going to be thrilled to have his own wings. I'm sure he'd love playing with David's slingshot, too!
And God, grant us peace, as well. Those who are left behind. As we come to grips with our new future without Ben being close. As we find the grace you've given us and discover joy in the knowledge that You're carrying all of us in the palm of Your hand.
Funeral services are set for Saturday morning at 11 at The Chapel at Crosspoint.