Patriots owner matches donations

After seeing the film “Life According to Sam,” a documentary about Foxborough High School student Sam Berns, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a matching challenge for donations of up to $500,000 to the Progeria Research Foundation. The matches were for donations made from Oct. Oct. 8 to 23; the latter date was Berns’s 17th birthday. Berns has progeria, a disease that causes children to age prematurely, but that hasn’t stopped him from living the kind of life he wants to lead. After the deadline passed, the foundation posted a note on its website: “Thanks to thousands of generous people, we raised $678,262. With the Kraft Challenge match, that’s nearly $1.18 million so that more children can participate in our clinical trials, and more research can go into finding the cure. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!”