17-year-old leaves inspiring legacy - "I don't want people to feel bad for me"
It’s hard to imagine many 17-year-olds having an impact on so many people in life and in death as Sam Berns. Diagnosed at 22-months with a rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process, Berns lived an extraordinary, and tragically short, life. “I don’t want people to feel bad for me. I don’t think about these obstacles all the time. And I overcome most of them anyway,”
Funeral held for Mass. teen who had aging disorder
Hundreds of people, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, attended the funeral Tuesday of a Massachusetts teenager whose battle with a rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process inspired professional athletes and spurred medical research.
Sam Berns' high school classmates also were bused to the services at a synagogue in Sharon. A private reception was held later at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Berns' hometown.