Friday, March 14, 2014

Red Cross is #Blue4Ben

If you've watched the news or followed the social media accounts of Western New Yorkers the past week or so, you've heard about #Blue4Ben. The story of Ben Sauer, a little boy battling a brain tumor, has touched the entire community, and we here at the Red Cross are no different.

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We recently learned that one of our longtime Ombudsman volunteers, David Lombardo, is Ben's Great Grandfather. David has been part of the Red Cross family since 2001, making regular visits to help the residents of Brompton Heights assisted living facility in Williamsville. Today, the staff and residents of Brompton Heights are repaying David's kindness, going #BlueForBen by wearing the youngster's favorite color and raising funds to help the family.

We may be the RED Cross, but we're also #Blue4Ben. Even before learning about the connection, we donated a Red Cross basket, including BASH*2014 tickets, that was part of the auction at a fundraiser over the weekend. Now, this story has touched us personally, and we will be there to support David and his family through these difficult times, just as he has supported countless others during more than a decade as a Red Cross volunteer.

We're pulling for you, Ben, and for all the other children and families fighting similar battles.

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