03 Feature

1st. Marc Vasconcellos/The Enterprise

Concert choir members listen to chamber singers through a stage door while awaiting their turn during Brockton High School music departments Spring Choral Concert on Thursday, March 23, 2023.

2nd. Erin Clark/Boston Globe

Six-year-old Conner Hess plays with a piece of cardboard while resting in his hospital bed at Boston Children’s Hospital in March, 2023, weeks after receiving a stem cell transplant to replace a defective gene that had entered his bloodstream. Conner’s treatment, which involved eight days of chemotherapy, resulted in the loss of his hair, which his parents shaved when it began to fall out. In 2017, Conner was diagnosed with an ultra-rare genetic condition, cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy, or CALD. The devastating fatal disorder strikes boys, typically between the ages of 4 and 10, causing rapid loss of cognitive and physical abilities, including hearing, vision, and movement, often only months after symptoms appear. Conner is the first patient to receive the gene therapy, called Skysona, since the Food and Drug Administration approved it in September.

3rd. Craig Walker/Boston Globe

Boston,MA – 2/1/2023: Bundled in blankets and a sleeping bag, a man who said he was homeless, sits on a bench in Copley Square in Boston, MA on February 01, 2023. The city was preparing for a dangerously cold air mass moving into Southern New England, bringing frigid temperatures and brutal windchill that could dip as low as 40 degrees below zero in what forecasters say could be the coldest air in Boston in years.

HM. Craig Walker/Boston Globe

Boston,MA – 2/15/2023: Burke High School sophomore Cayen Diggs-Williams, 16, talks with his mother Dede Diggs outside their home in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, MA on February 15, 2023. Dede worries about her son’s safety. Violence in and around Burke High School mars the school’s reputation. Every morning since a stabbing last fall, Dede has driven her son to school. Although he’s doing well at the Burke, she plans to transfer him to Madison Park Technical Vocational High School this fall.
“I still get nervous when it’s right around the time I know they’re going to get out of school, and I’ll hear sirens flying down the street,” she said.

HM. Angela Rowlings/Freelance

Kai Clarke, 5, steps into his boots before heading out to the fields with his uncle on the family potato farm in Prince Edward Island, Canada, on September 27, 2023. Kai, whose 97-year-old great grandfather took over the farm from his father at 16, and has continued to run it with his children and grandchildren, enthusiastically helps his family with the harvest.