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Outpouring of support for Ben Sauer's family

Ben Sauer, the Clarence 5-year-old who was the inspiration for the #Blue4Ben campaign, died Tuesday night after battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

Ben's story, chronicled in his mother's blog, captured the hearts of Western New Yorkers, prompting locals to tweet their support of the little boy and his family and post hopeful messages on Facebook, many adopting the #Blue4Ben hashtag. 

The Sauer family formally announced the passing of little Ben around 4 p.m. today on Facebook, spurring another wave of encouraging and introspective Twitter and Facebook posts -- some of which have been imbedded below.

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