Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sam Berns Remembered

Sometimes you hear stories about inspiring people; Sam Berns was one of those people. He lost his battle Friday Night. Even though I didn't know him personally I know that he had a great affect on the people who he interacted with. Recently he gave a talk through Ted Talk's Mid-Atlantic about his philosophy on living a happy life. What you need to know about this kid, he's 17, is that he was battling progeria, which is a rare aging disease that accelerates the body through aging. I am no expert on it other than something like 90% of children born with Progeria die before they turn 13.

This past Saturday night he was suppose to be an honorary captain for the New England Patriots, with his passing on Friday Night, the stadium had a moment of silence for him and his life. Many of the pro sports teams know who he is and spent time with him. Robert Kraft owner of the Patriots has stated that he fell in love with him and believed he was someone who could bridge games in people’s lives.

One other tidbit before I put up the Ted Talk for you. Go to Google and type in “Sam Berns", his story affected not just local papers but you'll find stories from ABCnews, People.com (yeah I know), IBT (International Business Times) and the LA Times just to mention a few.

During his talk he came up with four pieces of advice for a Happy Life

1. Be Ok with what you ultimately can't do, because there is so much you can do
2. Surround yourself with people you want to be around
3. Keep moving Forward (I love the quote he uses here)
4. Never miss a party if you can help it.

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