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A Final Goodbye to Sam Berns

Students from Foxboro High School entering Temple Israel
Students from Foxboro High School entering Temple Israel
Friends and family said goodbye to Sam Berns one last time Tuesday morning during a private funeral held at Temple Israel in Sharon.

Berns, 17, died after a lifelong battle with the rapid aging disease known as progeria Friday evening.

Support and love for the Berns was evident early in the morning as cars quickly filling up the temple's parking lot filling and taking spots on Pond Street in Sharon where the temple is located.

About half of the students at Foxboro High School were estimated to be in attendance. Students, teachers, and staff were transported by busses provided by the high school.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, whose friendship with Berns helped raise $1.18 million for progeria research, also attended the funeral.

The funeral started at approximately 10:30 a.m. before ending around noon.

Remembrances may be made to The Progeria Research Foundation, P.O. Box 3453, Peabody, MA  01961-3453, www.progeriaresearch.org.
Howard Wiseman January 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM
The students of Foxborough High brought honor to their town and the memory of Sam Berns through their mature and respectful behavior at the service, the beautiful and heartfelt musical performance and the warm expressions of grief and sympathy from the podium, delivered with confidence and sincerity. I live in Sharon and it is nice to know that such great kids live next door.
Jarlath Crowe January 15, 2014 at 11:52 AM
I am sorry I've never got to meet with Sam, as I have lived in this town for the past 20 years and we could have shared our life experiences of living with our disabilities.

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