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Foxborough High Field Named After Sam Berns

Berns, 17, died in January after a battle with a rare aging disease.

Sam Berns. File photo
Sam Berns. File photo

The new playing field at Foxborough High School will be named in honor of Sam Berns, the 17-year-old town resident who died in January from a rare genetic disease.

Berns was diagnosed with Progeria, which accelerates the aging process. Children with the condition live to an average of 13 years. His parents, Leslie Gordon and Scott, established The Progeria Research Foundation in 1999 to fight the disease.

The School Committee on Monday voted to name the new high school field after Berns, according to the Associated Press.

In 2013, HBO Documentaries released Life According to Sam, which chronicled his life.

Berns developed a relationship with New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft, who called the boy an inspiration.

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