Fundraiser for progeria research held in Foxboro

January 26, 2014 by  

On Sunday, January 19th Friends of Sam members Owen Thornton and the Boy Scouts of Troop 32 held a bake sale at the Ahern Middle School in Foxboro during the Foxboro Youth Basketball games.

Most likely poster printing was used by the group to make the community of Foxboro aware of this event which was to raise money for progeria research after the death of Sam Berns, who passed away on January 10th at the age of 17 after a lifelong battle with this disease.

In addition to the tasty treats, there were raffles for a tour of the FOX 25 newsroom, two Amazon Kindles, passes to the Hall at Patriot Place with an autographed photo of Patriots player Andre Carter and Celtics tickets donated by Foxboro Youth Basketball.

Thornton wanted to do something to help the Berns family and other kids stricken with progeria back in December. When Berns passed away this month, Thornton said that people started baking items in efforts to help him with his fund-raising efforts.

Berns was a member of the Boy Scout troop in Foxboro. Andrew McPhee, also a member of that troop, commented that Berns was always caring and considerate to his troop members and was always there to help out anyone with the requirements for scouting. Berns never let his disease get the better of him and always acted as just another normal boy trying to earn a new badge or rank.

McPhee added that Berns served as good role model for the troop, and looked on the positive side of things and was able to achieve a great deal during his lifetime.