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Sam Berns Community Field Stands, Track Heading To Town Meeting - 27 Feb 2018
FOXBOROUGH, MA — The Sam Berns Community Field project could be closer to completion by the Annual Town Meeting, school officials said. The funding for the stands, press box, and an eight-lane track will be voted on at the yearly meeting as a capital ...
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Commentary: Rare-disease research benefits us all

UW Medicine Newsroom (press release) (blog) - 24 Apr 2018
picture of progeria patient Sam Berns. TEDx Talks. In 2013, a month before he died at age 16, Sam Berns gave a TEDx Talk about happiness. He had been diagnosed with progeria at age 2. The study of rare diseases can lead to new treatments for common ...
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Duo's debut film has satire, music and a dog — sort of

Canadian Jewish News (blog) - 24 Apr 2018
A pair of new, young filmmakers will be screening their first feature film at Toronto's Regent Theatre on May 9. A Dog in Paris, written, directed and produced by Sam Berns, 25, and Aaron Alter, 24, both of Thornhill, Ont., reflects the coming of age ...
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Sam Berns, 17, Public Face of a Rare Illness, Is Dead

New York Times - 14 Jan 2014
Sam Berns, a Massachusetts high school junior whose life with the illness progeria was the subject of a documentary film recently shortlisted for an Academy Award, died on Friday in Boston. He was 17. His death, from complications of the disease, was ...
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Foxborough teen who battled progeria dies

Boston Globe - 12 Jan 2014
Sam Berns was scheduled to serve as an honorary captain at Saturday night's New England Patriots playoff game. Instead, the team planned to hold a moment of silence before the game in his honor. The Foxborough high school student, whose battle with ...
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Study offers promising new drug therapy for premature aging disease

Tech Explorist (press release) - 25 Apr 2018
Gordon, the study's lead author, is the medical director of The Progeria Research Foundation, which funded the research. She and her husband, Dr. Scott Berns, co-founded the nonprofit organization in 1999 after the couple's son, Sam, was diagnosed.
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Living memorial being built as tribute to Sam Berns

WCVB Boston - 10 Sep 2015
Berns would have been a member of the Class of 2015 at Foxborough High School, and his friends are creating a garden near the scoreboard of the Sam Berns Community Field, the Sun Chronicle reported. The garden will have an S-shaped walkway that ...
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Sam Berns, an ordinary kid with extraordinary bravery

Boston Globe - 16 Jan 2014
Sam Berns was trapped in a prematurely aging body, but to hear his voice was to be reminded that he was a teenager — with a teenager's syntax, a teenager's interests, and a teenager's sense of possibility. In the opening minutes of “Life According to ...
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Classmates pay tribute to Sam Berns with memorial garden - 10 Sep 2015
Berns, who played snare drum in the school marching band and was an enthusiastic sports fan, was invited to a Patriots practice after Kraft was introduced to the teen and attended the HBO premiere of the 2013 documentary Life According to Sam.
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A class act in honor of Foxboro's Sam Berns

The Sun Chronicle - 05 Dec 2015
Selectmen Jim DeVellis, whose son Brian joined 2015 class President Kayla Seppe to organize the entire project, talked about the thinking behind the garden and its placement next to Sam Berns Community Field, a turf playing surface built for all town ...
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Sam Berns continues to inspire

The Boston Globe - 22 Feb 2016
In death, as in life, Sam Berns is an inspiration. A TEDx talk the Foxborough high school student gave before his death is one of 15 TEDx talks from around the world being featured by TED as it celebrates reaching 1 billion views. (Sam's talk has been ...
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Life According To Sam Berns

MedPage Today (blog) - 18 Oct 2013
This was the news given to Drs. Leslie Gordon and Scott Berns 13 years ago. Their son Sam was diagnosed with Progeria (sometimes called Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome), a rare genetic condition that produces rapid aging in children.
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Community field in Foxborough dedicated in Sam Berns' memory

WCVB Boston - 13 Jun 2014
Berns is now known world over thanks to the award-winning HBO documentary "Life According to Sam," which gives a rare look at progeria and Berns' philosophy for happiness. Berns grew up in Foxborough and went to school there, talked football and ...

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