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SAM BERNS, 17-YEAR-OLD WHO INSPIRED PATRIOTS, LOSES FIGHT WITH PROGERIA - Sam Berns has lost his fight with progeria, a rare premature aging disease, but the 17-year-old inspired many across the country – including his hometown NFL team and friends, the New England Patriots – in his all-too-short life.Berns’ parents confirmed that the Foxboro High School junior died Friday night.Berns was busy this past year traveling around the country promoting the HBO documentary “Life According to Sam.”The film followed Berns as he bravely lived with his disease and brought more awareness about progeria, a rare genetic disease that makes one age quickly.In the documentary, Berns said he didn’t want anyone to feel bad for him, only for people to get to know him.After seeing the film, Patriots owner Robert 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 by Sam before this season’s game against the Falcons.“Brady was determined to be the player of the game down in Atlanta for Sam,” Kraft said via Patriots.com. “NBC gives a ball to the player who was most outstanding in the game and when I told Tom I was seeing Sam again, he pulled that game ball out of his locker, gave it to me and said, ‘I think Sam should have it.’”Kraft later spearheaded a fundraising drive that raised $1.18 million for progeria research, of which $500,000 came from Kraft personally.Kraft mourned Berns’ death, saying he had invited him to be the team’s honorary captain for Saturday night’s playoff game and was looking forward to spending time with him and his family.The Patriots have announced that Sam will be remembered with a moment of silence before tonight’s game. (Photo: Associated Press)

SAM BERNS, 17-YEAR-OLD WHO INSPIRED PATRIOTS, LOSES FIGHT WITH PROGERIA - Sam Berns has lost his fight with progeria, a rare premature aging disease, but the 17-year-old inspired many across the country – including his hometown NFL team and friends, the New England Patriots – in his all-too-short life.

Berns’ parents confirmed that the Foxboro High School junior died Friday night.

Berns was busy this past year traveling around the country promoting the HBO documentary “Life According to Sam.”

The film followed Berns as he bravely lived with his disease and brought more awareness about progeria, a rare genetic disease that makes one age quickly.

In the documentary, Berns said he didn’t want anyone to feel bad for him, only for people to get to know him.

After seeing the film, Patriots owner Robert 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 by Sam before this season’s game against the Falcons.

“Brady was determined to be the player of the game down in Atlanta for Sam,” Kraft said via Patriots.com. “NBC gives a ball to the player who was most outstanding in the game and when I told Tom I was seeing Sam again, he pulled that game ball out of his locker, gave it to me and said, ‘I think Sam should have it.’”

Kraft later spearheaded a fundraising drive that raised $1.18 million for progeria research, of which $500,000 came from Kraft personally.

Kraft mourned Berns’ death, saying he had invited him to be the team’s honorary captain for Saturday night’s playoff game and was looking forward to spending time with him and his family.

The Patriots have announced that Sam will be remembered with a moment of silence before tonight’s game. (Photo: Associated Press)

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