Foxborough Field to be Named After Sam Berns: Progeria Activist and Patient

March 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. —The new field at Foxborough High School has been named after the former student who died of a rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process.

Sam Berns was a teenager whose battle with a rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process became the subject of an HBO documentary.

The Sun Chronicle reports that the school committee voted Monday to name the field in honor of Sam Berns.

Berns died Jan. 10 after a fight with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. He was 17. Berns’ battle drew national attention, inspired professional athletes, and spurred medical research.

Berns was the subject of an HBO documentary, “Life According to Sam.” The exposure brought greater recognition to the condition, which causes musculoskeletal degeneration, cardiovascular problems, and other symptoms associated with aging.

One of those he inspired was New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

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