17 Year Old Dies From Rare Aging Progeria Disease

Sam Berns, 17, died Friday of complications from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, commonly known as progeria.

In his short 17 years he seemed to find the secret to a happy life that has evaded some people with x times that amount of time.

He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed motivating people.

One of his most memorable statements was for people not to feel sorrow for him, because he was Happy.

He was diagnosed with progeria when he was 22 months old. His physician parents founded the nonprofit Progeria Research Foundation after his diagnosis.

Progeria is a rare genetic condition that produces rapid aging in children.

17 Year Old Dies From Rare Aging Progeria Disease
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.

17 Year Old Dies From Rare Aging Progeria Disease
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.

A moving look at a couple's inspiring efforts to save their only son Sam from the rare and fatal premature-aging disease of progeria.

17 Year Old Dies From Rare Aging Progeria Disease

Sam Berns is a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he has achieved highest honors and is currently a percussion section leader in the high school marching band. He recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Sam was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare, rapid aging disease, at the age of 2. He is featured in the documentary Life According to Sam, which premiered on HBO on October 21, 2013

17 Year Old Dies From Rare Aging Progeria Disease

R.I.P. SAM



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