January 13th, 2014 by

Player of the Week: January 5th-12th

Player of the Week: January 5th-12th

There are some things that are just bigger than hockey games and the Bruins west coast road trip.

The world lost an inspiration a few days ago as Sam Berns passed away. The 17 year-old boy passed away from complications of the disease Progeria, a fatal genetic condition that causes rapid aging.

Berns family was told he may not live beyond age 13, but Berns fought because that was the type of person he was.

He was loved by so many- his family, his friends, his teachers as well as Boston sports athletes.

Earlier in November, the Bruins hosted Progeria Awareness Night with Berns being the guest of honor. Berns dropped the ceremonial puck, met the players and watched warm ups from the bench. Most importantly, he made the Bruins players smile. He also created a bond with Zdeno Chara chatting with him by his locker before and after the Bruins’ win over Toronto that night.

On Saturday, the Boston Bruins conveyed their condolences on Twitter, and shared a pic of Berns and Chara smiling after Progeria Awareness night:

Not only did Berns create relationships with the Bruins, he met Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli. Napoli could not believe the news either. He met Berns at a Bruins game and made an impact on his life as he did with everyone he met.

 

The New England Patriots also had the privilege of meeting Berns during training camp and did he ever leave a mark on Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

“I loved Sam Berns and am richer for having known him,” Kraft said in a statement on Saturday. “He was a special young man whose inspirational story and positive outlook on life touched my heart.”

If there was one thing Berns loved to do, it was live his life like a normal human-being. The Foxboro High school student was suppose to serve as the Patriots honorary captain on Saturday night for their first playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, but unexpectedly Berns passed away that Friday evening leaving many individuals who met him at a loss for words.

When you ask anyone who met Berns, they use words such as: inspiration, warrior and hero. We would have all been lucky to meet Sam Berns.

Rest in peace, Sam. The world misses you already.

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