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Sabres join fight against cerebral palsy

The Buffalo Sabres will join forces with the Make Lemon Aide Foundation for Cerebral Palsy at Sunday afternoon’s game against the Colorado Avalanche in First Niagara Center to raise funds and awareness for cerebral palsy treatment and research.

The Sabres will play a public service announcement featuring defenseman Zach Bogosian during the game. The announcement also will be broadcast on game telecasts. Meanwhile, the foundation will host its signature lemonade stand on the 100 level concourse, where fans can make purchases, give donations and have a chance to win Sabres merchandise, including a jersey autographed by Bogosian.

The Sabres also will host, in the arena’s suites, 16 local families whose children have been afflicted by cerebral palsy, give them a tour of the facilities and provide a chance to meet the players after the game.

The Make Lemon Aide Foundation was founded in 2013 by Lauren Walier, who is living with cerebral palsy, when she learned that there is no federal funding for research into the disability. Walier, now 17 and living in Milton, Ga., outside Atlanta, has family ties to Western New York – her parents were born and raised in Buffalo – and local family members are active in the foundation.