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TEDx Talks

Sam Berns: “My Philosophy for a Happy Life” | TEDxMidAtlantic, October 2013

As of October 2023, between both and TEDx, Sam’s iconic TEDx talk received over 100 million cross-platform views! His talk has been translated into 38 languages, is the 2nd most-viewed TEDx talk, 7th most-viewed TED talk, and is often hailed as one of the top 10 best TED talks of all time.

Sam, the inspiration behind PRF’s founding, passed away in January 2014. He left behind a legacy through the Emmy Award-winning film Life According to Sam and this talk, encouraging listeners to keep their heads up and not let obstacles keep them from following their dreams. People all over the world – celebrities, professional athletes, corporate leaders, and others from all walks of life – were deeply moved by Sam’s words and his legacy that inspires us all to live life to its fullest. As Sam now famously says in his talk, “Being brave isn’t supposed to be easy – but for me, it’s the key way to keep moving forward.” We agree, as we move forward to finish what we started: Together, we WILL find the cure for Progeria.

Scott Berns: “A Tribute to Sam and Thank you to the TEDx Community” TEDxMidAtlantic, October 2015

In September 2015, also at TEDx Mid Atlantic, Sam’s Dad, Dr. Scott Berns celebrated Sam not only with his own short talk, but also by wearing the special shirt they both wore to all the Dave Matthews Band concerts they attended together.

Watch Scott’s special talk about Sam, learn the title of Sam’s favorite book, and rediscover Sam’s philosophy for a happy life.

Dr. Leslie Gordon, PRF’s Medical Director: “The Difference that Makes a Difference” TEDx Charlottesville, November 2013

The lessons of this lecture are powerful and inspiring. Sharing her “Secret Sauce” for making anything possible, Dr. Gordon urges audience members to apply a version of this secret sauce to their own personal obstacles. Her ingredients are a reflection of all that PRF has, and will, accomplish.