FULL MOVIE: Life According to Sam

 
 
'Life According to Sam' is about one family's courageous fight to save their only son from a rare and fatal disease, progeria. The average age of death from progeria is 13, there is no treatment, and no cure. Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns are set on changing this. When their son Sam, now 16 years old, was diagnosed with progeria at age two, doctors told Leslie and Scott to enjoy Sam while they could. They refused to believe this was the answer. In less than a decade, their advances have led to identifying the gene at fault, creating the first drug trials for treatment, and revealing the amazing discovery that progeria is linked to the aging process in all of us. 
 
Berns opened the film saying:
 
"I didn't put myself in front of you to have you feel bad for me. You don't need to feel bad for me. Because I want you to get to know me. This is my life."
 
 
Sam Berns, the charming and precocious 17-year-old subject of Sean Fine and Andrea Nix's Oscar-shortlisted documentary feature Life According to Sam died Friday, January 10, at his home in Foxborough, Mass. The cause of his death was complications from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, or progeria, an extremely rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process in children starting at birth and generally leads to death around the age of 13.He was the only child of Dr. Scott Berns and Dr. Leslie Gordon, both physicians who founded the Progeria Research Foundation in 1999. In 2003, Dr. Gordon was one of a team of researchers who isolated the gene that causes progeria. Their foundation helped develop a drug that appears to help with some of the effects of the disease, but there still is no cure. Through the documentary, magazine profiles, and speaking engagements, Berns—a junior who played the snare drum in his Massachusetts high school's marching band—had become a public figure for his illness. 

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