Patriots owner's pledge to match funds raised for progeria research after meeting local teen appears close to happening
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Foxboro High School student Sam Berns poses with classmate Callie Santos after the screening of “Life According to Sam” Saturday at Showcase Cinema de Lux at Patriot Place. (Photo by Christine Igo Freeman)
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Sam Berns of Foxboro died Friday night after a struggle with a rare aging disease. Berns, 17, a junior at Foxboro High School, is shown here with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, and Berns family inside the lobby of the Showcase Cinema de Lux at Patriot Place for the Foxboro premiere of the HBO documentary film ‘Life According to Sam.’ With Sam Berns are his mom, Dr. Leslie Gordon and his dad, Dr. Scott Berns, right. (File Photo by Christine Igo Freeman)
Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013 2:33 am
FOXBORO - It looks like New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will be writing a half-million dollar check to the Progeria Research Foundation, and he couldn't be more pleased.
Kraft had pledged up to $500,000 in matching funds to the foundation after meeting Foxboro High School junior Sam Berns, who lives with progeria, a rare, premature aging disease for which there is no cure, and watching a documentary that chronicled Sam's approach to life.
Friday, October 25, 2013 2:33 am.