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Sam Berns, fan who inspired
the Patriots, dies at 17

NBC Sports, by Michael David Smith

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Posted By:Ken M., 1/11/2014 5:42:50 PM

Sam Berns, a Foxborough teenager who became a source of inspiration within the Patriots’ locker room as he battled the rare disease progeria, has died at the age of 17. Patriots owner Robert Kraft was moved by Sam’s story after seeing the HBO documentary Life According to Sam, which detailed his struggle with progeria, a genetic disease that causes young children to exhibit symptoms usually found only in old age. After seeing the film, Kraft invited Sam to spend time with the team, and Kraft explained that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and other players and coaches said they were inspired

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Susannah, 1/11/2014 6:00:16 PM     (No. 9688582)

Oh, boy, this is a tearjerker. Young Sam was supposed to be the honorary captain of the Patriots tonight. Well, I guess he still is, only from slightly farther than he´d intended. Rest in peace, Sam.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/11/2014 6:11:26 PM     (No. 9688592)

Oh, how sad. I just finished reading a nice piece in my newspaper about Sam and tonight´s game and then I see this. Oh, oh.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 1/11/2014 6:37:43 PM     (No. 9688607)

I´ve seen TV shows about kids with this disease. Bless their precious hearts. And RIP Sam. You were and will continue to be an inspiration.

From the TV show(s) I saw, there is a network of kids with this disease and families travel miles to get the kids together so they know they´re not alone. I think when I saw it, it was a series on the health network or something.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 1/11/2014 6:45:33 PM     (No. 9688616)

Worst curse word.
(Sniff)

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/11/2014 9:31:16 PM     (No. 9688768)

Rest in peace Sam.
Condolences to the family. Hopefully, his mother and her team will continue their research.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Susannah, 1/11/2014 11:40:24 PM     (No. 9688830)

Well, they won it for Sam tonight.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Java D, 1/12/2014 2:25:15 PM     (No. 9689423)

Heartbreaking, glad New England won.

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