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 “If these people don’t ever release me from prison, if I exhaust all my remedies in court, I’m gonna make these people kill me,” Daniel Taylor said to his brother, David Taylor during the third time that David purposefully got himself incarcerated in order to spend time with Daniel.  When Daniel Taylor was 17, he was wrongly convicted of a double murder that he physically could not have committed.  Police investigators beat him into the false confession that sealed his fate, but there was paperwork to prove he had been in police custody for disorderly conduct at the time the murders occurred.  Daniel spent two decades of his life sentence looking out from behind bars knowing that he had every right to be free.  On June 28th, 2013, the charges against Daniel were dropped and he was released from maximum-security prison in Menard, IL.  According to the National Registry of Exonerations, Daniel was the 90th to be exonerated in Cook County since 1989 and the 34th to be wrongfully convicted based on a faulty confession.   This portrait is a part of a larger story,  Exonerated: Am I Really Free? , which was done for the Chicago Tribune.     

“If these people don’t ever release me from prison, if I exhaust all my remedies in court, I’m gonna make these people kill me,” Daniel Taylor said to his brother, David Taylor during the third time that David purposefully got himself incarcerated in order to spend time with Daniel.

When Daniel Taylor was 17, he was wrongly convicted of a double murder that he physically could not have committed.  Police investigators beat him into the false confession that sealed his fate, but there was paperwork to prove he had been in police custody for disorderly conduct at the time the murders occurred.  Daniel spent two decades of his life sentence looking out from behind bars knowing that he had every right to be free.  On June 28th, 2013, the charges against Daniel were dropped and he was released from maximum-security prison in Menard, IL.  According to the National Registry of Exonerations, Daniel was the 90th to be exonerated in Cook County since 1989 and the 34th to be wrongfully convicted based on a faulty confession.

This portrait is a part of a larger story, Exonerated: Am I Really Free?, which was done for the Chicago Tribune. 

 

  Casey Thayer, 22, grew up on a farm with her parents and two siblings surrounded by animals and fields.  When she was young, Casey was diagnosed with autism.  Casey nuzzled up to Janice next to a horse pasture on their farm in Birdseye, IN on April 27, 2014.  "I am losing a huge part of my life," Janice said.  A few days later, Casey moved out. 

Casey Thayer, 22, grew up on a farm with her parents and two siblings surrounded by animals and fields.  When she was young, Casey was diagnosed with autism.  Casey nuzzled up to Janice next to a horse pasture on their farm in Birdseye, IN on April 27, 2014.  "I am losing a huge part of my life," Janice said.  A few days later, Casey moved out. 

 Glenda Bamberger, right, and her husband Jarrell Bamberger, left, widen holes dug in their yard in Blanco, Texas on July 11, 2015.  Their home was destroyed in the floods that occurred in May along the Blanco River in Central Texas.   At the time of the flood, Glenda, who was born and raised in Blanco, said, "We put everything into buying this house and now I am not sure we will want to rebuild."  However, with money from FEMA and help from family members, they decided to begin rebuilding.  Their new house will be eight feet off the ground in the hope that it will not be affected by future floods on their property. 

Glenda Bamberger, right, and her husband Jarrell Bamberger, left, widen holes dug in their yard in Blanco, Texas on July 11, 2015.  Their home was destroyed in the floods that occurred in May along the Blanco River in Central Texas.   At the time of the flood, Glenda, who was born and raised in Blanco, said, "We put everything into buying this house and now I am not sure we will want to rebuild."  However, with money from FEMA and help from family members, they decided to begin rebuilding.  Their new house will be eight feet off the ground in the hope that it will not be affected by future floods on their property. 

 Children play along 12th Street Beach in Chicago on August 13, 2013.  Lifeguards had told them to get out of Lake Michigan, because of rip tides and high levels of e. coli.  

Children play along 12th Street Beach in Chicago on August 13, 2013.  Lifeguards had told them to get out of Lake Michigan, because of rip tides and high levels of e. coli.  

 Olivia Lampert of Jasper, 2, reached up to touch the buck on display in the High Life Hunt Club's barbecue booth during the Heimatfest in Ferdinand on June 21, 2014. 

Olivia Lampert of Jasper, 2, reached up to touch the buck on display in the High Life Hunt Club's barbecue booth during the Heimatfest in Ferdinand on June 21, 2014. 

 Joshua Seitter, 12, and Whiskey Lullaby stand for a portrait at the North Carolina State Fair on October 25, 2013.

Joshua Seitter, 12, and Whiskey Lullaby stand for a portrait at the North Carolina State Fair on October 25, 2013.

 Miriam Alejandra Montecillos and Emely Ayala canter in formation during practice at La Herradura Ranch in San Antonio, Texas on March 7, 2015.  "There is nothing else like escaramuza, so we know it is not forever, but we will do it as long as we can," Leticia Ozuna, mother of Montecillos and Ayala's teammate Caterina Ozuna, said.

Miriam Alejandra Montecillos and Emely Ayala canter in formation during practice at La Herradura Ranch in San Antonio, Texas on March 7, 2015. "There is nothing else like escaramuza, so we know it is not forever, but we will do it as long as we can," Leticia Ozuna, mother of Montecillos and Ayala's teammate Caterina Ozuna, said.

  Willie Brantley does roofing in Tampa these days; however, at one point he was making his living "under the table."  He spent three years in prison because of that lifestyle, but is turning himself around.  He said, "I've watched this area decline, but that don't mean I got to keep declining with it." 

Willie Brantley does roofing in Tampa these days; however, at one point he was making his living "under the table."  He spent three years in prison because of that lifestyle, but is turning himself around.  He said, "I've watched this area decline, but that don't mean I got to keep declining with it." 

 Twenty-five doves were released after one of the free mass wedding ceremonies held annually on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14, 2014.  Over 30 couples were married during that ceremony.  

Twenty-five doves were released after one of the free mass wedding ceremonies held annually on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14, 2014.  Over 30 couples were married during that ceremony.  

 The victim of a rape holds her hands to her face after recalling what happened during the attack in Hazel Crest, Ill. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.  The Robbins Police Department failed to investigate the rape, which is now outside the statute of limitations.  However, investigators are now working on 52 other rape cases that remain within the statute of limitations.  

The victim of a rape holds her hands to her face after recalling what happened during the attack in Hazel Crest, Ill. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.  The Robbins Police Department failed to investigate the rape, which is now outside the statute of limitations.  However, investigators are now working on 52 other rape cases that remain within the statute of limitations.  

 Rachael Hartofelis, upper right, celebrates on top of an SUV on N. Clark Street. in Chicago after the Blackhawks scored two goals in a 17 second span late in the third period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, June 24, 2013.  Moments later, the driver of the car kicked everyone off of the car, because its roof was caving in..  Copyright Chicago Tribune.

Rachael Hartofelis, upper right, celebrates on top of an SUV on N. Clark Street. in Chicago after the Blackhawks scored two goals in a 17 second span late in the third period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, June 24, 2013.  Moments later, the driver of the car kicked everyone off of the car, because its roof was caving in..  Copyright Chicago Tribune.

 Mary Jo Harte, left, comforts Patrick Stein, a 20-year-old former water polo player at Loyola Academy now immobilized by Locked In Syndrome, as his father, Nick Stein, and a neighbor support Patrick in the pool in his Northfield, Ill. home on Friday, August 16, 2013.  Patrick's Locked In Syndrome, the result of a water polo accident, left his entire body paralyzed, except for his eyes.  This was the second time that he had been in a pool since the accident.

Mary Jo Harte, left, comforts Patrick Stein, a 20-year-old former water polo player at Loyola Academy now immobilized by Locked In Syndrome, as his father, Nick Stein, and a neighbor support Patrick in the pool in his Northfield, Ill. home on Friday, August 16, 2013.  Patrick's Locked In Syndrome, the result of a water polo accident, left his entire body paralyzed, except for his eyes.  This was the second time that he had been in a pool since the accident.


  Deborah Barr, 56, sits for a portrait after service at the Israel Bethel P.B. Church in Tampa on Sunday, November 17, 2013.  Barr, who is unable to read, carries a bible in her purse and is hoping to one day be able to read it.  Her story is a part of the Holiday Hopes series in which the Tampa Bay Times features the stories of those in need during the holiday season.  Readers are encouraged to reach out to the subjects of these stories with support and assistance.

Deborah Barr, 56, sits for a portrait after service at the Israel Bethel P.B. Church in Tampa on Sunday, November 17, 2013.  Barr, who is unable to read, carries a bible in her purse and is hoping to one day be able to read it.  Her story is a part of the Holiday Hopes series in which the Tampa Bay Times features the stories of those in need during the holiday season.  Readers are encouraged to reach out to the subjects of these stories with support and assistance.

 Alex Falcone, 22, greets Phineas, a 17-year-old horse, in a pasture near Falkland, NC on April 13, 2013.  Phineas is a competitive show-jumping horse who has won many state and national titles.  Falcone learned to ride on Phineas, but not before Phineas bit his hand.

Alex Falcone, 22, greets Phineas, a 17-year-old horse, in a pasture near Falkland, NC on April 13, 2013.  Phineas is a competitive show-jumping horse who has won many state and national titles.  Falcone learned to ride on Phineas, but not before Phineas bit his hand.

 Sandro Magradze of Johnsburg High School lays on the ground after he had tripped over a hurdle during the Class 2A 300-meter Intermediate Hurdles competition at the Illinois Boys IHSA State Track and Field Finals in Charleston, Ill. on May 24, 2013.  

Sandro Magradze of Johnsburg High School lays on the ground after he had tripped over a hurdle during the Class 2A 300-meter Intermediate Hurdles competition at the Illinois Boys IHSA State Track and Field Finals in Charleston, Ill. on May 24, 2013.  

 Jennifer Medina, left, and Marbella Rodriquez play in the rain during practice in front of the Kelly High School in Chicago on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.  The Kelly High School girls varsity soccer team is almost entirely first-generation Hispanic Americans.  Many of the girls struggle to convince their parents to allow them to play soccer. 

Jennifer Medina, left, and Marbella Rodriquez play in the rain during practice in front of the Kelly High School in Chicago on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.  The Kelly High School girls varsity soccer team is almost entirely first-generation Hispanic Americans.  Many of the girls struggle to convince their parents to allow them to play soccer. 

  Southridge senior Ethan Schwoeppe, bottom, Luke Stetter, junior, Drew Dearing, freshman, and Braden Harding, freshman, stacked on top of each other and cheered with the rest of the student section during halftime of their game against Washington in the IHSAA Class 3A sectional tournament in Huntingburg on Wednesday.  The Raiders lost 41-35.

Southridge senior Ethan Schwoeppe, bottom, Luke Stetter, junior, Drew Dearing, freshman, and Braden Harding, freshman, stacked on top of each other and cheered with the rest of the student section during halftime of their game against Washington in the IHSAA Class 3A sectional tournament in Huntingburg on Wednesday.  The Raiders lost 41-35.

 Reid Howard of Ferdinand, 8, walked a bat back to the dugout during the Class 2A sectional game in Tell City on May 30, 2014.  Forest Park was defeated by South Spencer 9-2.

Reid Howard of Ferdinand, 8, walked a bat back to the dugout during the Class 2A sectional game in Tell City on May 30, 2014.  Forest Park was defeated by South Spencer 9-2.

 Erin O'Loughlin embraces her son Brendan O'Loughlin after his brother Marcus O'Loughlin, who has autism, attacked him while they were playing on the trampoline outside the family's home in Cary, NC on October 6, 2014.  As Marcus has aged, the frustrations that result from his autism have turned him violent towards his family.  Shortly after this incident Erin and her husband Colm O'Loughlin decided to permanently move Marcus, at age 11, to an assisted living facility for their other children's safety as well as their own.  "We know in our hearts that Marcus is going to need assistance for the rest of his life," Erin said. "As far as Marcus living a regular normal life with everybody else in the world, that might not be right for him and he might not be happy with that, so why should I push that on him?  We just want Marcus to be happy.  We want him to reach his full potential, whatever that might be."

Erin O'Loughlin embraces her son Brendan O'Loughlin after his brother Marcus O'Loughlin, who has autism, attacked him while they were playing on the trampoline outside the family's home in Cary, NC on October 6, 2014. As Marcus has aged, the frustrations that result from his autism have turned him violent towards his family. Shortly after this incident Erin and her husband Colm O'Loughlin decided to permanently move Marcus, at age 11, to an assisted living facility for their other children's safety as well as their own. "We know in our hearts that Marcus is going to need assistance for the rest of his life," Erin said. "As far as Marcus living a regular normal life with everybody else in the world, that might not be right for him and he might not be happy with that, so why should I push that on him? We just want Marcus to be happy. We want him to reach his full potential, whatever that might be."

 Glenda Bamberger looks out of the back door of her home in Blanco, Texas on Friday, May 29, 2015 after flash floods destroyed her home, her husband's business and most of her family's belongings. Bamberger, who was born and raised in Blanco, said, "We put everything into buying this house and now I am not sure we will want to rebuild."

Glenda Bamberger looks out of the back door of her home in Blanco, Texas on Friday, May 29, 2015 after flash floods destroyed her home, her husband's business and most of her family's belongings. Bamberger, who was born and raised in Blanco, said, "We put everything into buying this house and now I am not sure we will want to rebuild."

 Caiden Contreras, who has autism, stands for a portrait in the room he shares with three of his brothers at his home in San Antonio, Texas on May 27, 2015.  His parents are both unemployed and living off of his and some of his siblings' disability checks, as well as several other forms of financial assistance from the government.  His mother Sandra Contreras homeschools Caiden and four of his seven siblings at their home.

Caiden Contreras, who has autism, stands for a portrait in the room he shares with three of his brothers at his home in San Antonio, Texas on May 27, 2015. His parents are both unemployed and living off of his and some of his siblings' disability checks, as well as several other forms of financial assistance from the government. His mother Sandra Contreras homeschools Caiden and four of his seven siblings at their home.

“If these people don’t ever release me from prison, if I exhaust all my remedies in court, I’m gonna make these people kill me,” Daniel Taylor said to his brother, David Taylor during the third time that David purposefully got himself incarcerated in order to spend time with Daniel.

When Daniel Taylor was 17, he was wrongly convicted of a double murder that he physically could not have committed.  Police investigators beat him into the false confession that sealed his fate, but there was paperwork to prove he had been in police custody for disorderly conduct at the time the murders occurred.  Daniel spent two decades of his life sentence looking out from behind bars knowing that he had every right to be free.  On June 28th, 2013, the charges against Daniel were dropped and he was released from maximum-security prison in Menard, IL.  According to the National Registry of Exonerations, Daniel was the 90th to be exonerated in Cook County since 1989 and the 34th to be wrongfully convicted based on a faulty confession.

This portrait is a part of a larger story, Exonerated: Am I Really Free?, which was done for the Chicago Tribune. 

 

Casey Thayer, 22, grew up on a farm with her parents and two siblings surrounded by animals and fields.  When she was young, Casey was diagnosed with autism.  Casey nuzzled up to Janice next to a horse pasture on their farm in Birdseye, IN on April 27, 2014.  "I am losing a huge part of my life," Janice said.  A few days later, Casey moved out. 

Glenda Bamberger, right, and her husband Jarrell Bamberger, left, widen holes dug in their yard in Blanco, Texas on July 11, 2015.  Their home was destroyed in the floods that occurred in May along the Blanco River in Central Texas.   At the time of the flood, Glenda, who was born and raised in Blanco, said, "We put everything into buying this house and now I am not sure we will want to rebuild."  However, with money from FEMA and help from family members, they decided to begin rebuilding.  Their new house will be eight feet off the ground in the hope that it will not be affected by future floods on their property. 

Children play along 12th Street Beach in Chicago on August 13, 2013.  Lifeguards had told them to get out of Lake Michigan, because of rip tides and high levels of e. coli.  

Olivia Lampert of Jasper, 2, reached up to touch the buck on display in the High Life Hunt Club's barbecue booth during the Heimatfest in Ferdinand on June 21, 2014. 

Joshua Seitter, 12, and Whiskey Lullaby stand for a portrait at the North Carolina State Fair on October 25, 2013.

Miriam Alejandra Montecillos and Emely Ayala canter in formation during practice at La Herradura Ranch in San Antonio, Texas on March 7, 2015. "There is nothing else like escaramuza, so we know it is not forever, but we will do it as long as we can," Leticia Ozuna, mother of Montecillos and Ayala's teammate Caterina Ozuna, said.

Willie Brantley does roofing in Tampa these days; however, at one point he was making his living "under the table."  He spent three years in prison because of that lifestyle, but is turning himself around.  He said, "I've watched this area decline, but that don't mean I got to keep declining with it." 

Twenty-five doves were released after one of the free mass wedding ceremonies held annually on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14, 2014.  Over 30 couples were married during that ceremony.  

The victim of a rape holds her hands to her face after recalling what happened during the attack in Hazel Crest, Ill. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.  The Robbins Police Department failed to investigate the rape, which is now outside the statute of limitations.  However, investigators are now working on 52 other rape cases that remain within the statute of limitations.  

Rachael Hartofelis, upper right, celebrates on top of an SUV on N. Clark Street. in Chicago after the Blackhawks scored two goals in a 17 second span late in the third period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, June 24, 2013.  Moments later, the driver of the car kicked everyone off of the car, because its roof was caving in..  Copyright Chicago Tribune.

Mary Jo Harte, left, comforts Patrick Stein, a 20-year-old former water polo player at Loyola Academy now immobilized by Locked In Syndrome, as his father, Nick Stein, and a neighbor support Patrick in the pool in his Northfield, Ill. home on Friday, August 16, 2013.  Patrick's Locked In Syndrome, the result of a water polo accident, left his entire body paralyzed, except for his eyes.  This was the second time that he had been in a pool since the accident.


Deborah Barr, 56, sits for a portrait after service at the Israel Bethel P.B. Church in Tampa on Sunday, November 17, 2013.  Barr, who is unable to read, carries a bible in her purse and is hoping to one day be able to read it.  Her story is a part of the Holiday Hopes series in which the Tampa Bay Times features the stories of those in need during the holiday season.  Readers are encouraged to reach out to the subjects of these stories with support and assistance.

Alex Falcone, 22, greets Phineas, a 17-year-old horse, in a pasture near Falkland, NC on April 13, 2013.  Phineas is a competitive show-jumping horse who has won many state and national titles.  Falcone learned to ride on Phineas, but not before Phineas bit his hand.

Sandro Magradze of Johnsburg High School lays on the ground after he had tripped over a hurdle during the Class 2A 300-meter Intermediate Hurdles competition at the Illinois Boys IHSA State Track and Field Finals in Charleston, Ill. on May 24, 2013.  

Jennifer Medina, left, and Marbella Rodriquez play in the rain during practice in front of the Kelly High School in Chicago on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.  The Kelly High School girls varsity soccer team is almost entirely first-generation Hispanic Americans.  Many of the girls struggle to convince their parents to allow them to play soccer. 

Southridge senior Ethan Schwoeppe, bottom, Luke Stetter, junior, Drew Dearing, freshman, and Braden Harding, freshman, stacked on top of each other and cheered with the rest of the student section during halftime of their game against Washington in the IHSAA Class 3A sectional tournament in Huntingburg on Wednesday.  The Raiders lost 41-35.

Reid Howard of Ferdinand, 8, walked a bat back to the dugout during the Class 2A sectional game in Tell City on May 30, 2014.  Forest Park was defeated by South Spencer 9-2.

Erin O'Loughlin embraces her son Brendan O'Loughlin after his brother Marcus O'Loughlin, who has autism, attacked him while they were playing on the trampoline outside the family's home in Cary, NC on October 6, 2014. As Marcus has aged, the frustrations that result from his autism have turned him violent towards his family. Shortly after this incident Erin and her husband Colm O'Loughlin decided to permanently move Marcus, at age 11, to an assisted living facility for their other children's safety as well as their own. "We know in our hearts that Marcus is going to need assistance for the rest of his life," Erin said. "As far as Marcus living a regular normal life with everybody else in the world, that might not be right for him and he might not be happy with that, so why should I push that on him? We just want Marcus to be happy. We want him to reach his full potential, whatever that might be."

Glenda Bamberger looks out of the back door of her home in Blanco, Texas on Friday, May 29, 2015 after flash floods destroyed her home, her husband's business and most of her family's belongings. Bamberger, who was born and raised in Blanco, said, "We put everything into buying this house and now I am not sure we will want to rebuild."

Caiden Contreras, who has autism, stands for a portrait in the room he shares with three of his brothers at his home in San Antonio, Texas on May 27, 2015. His parents are both unemployed and living off of his and some of his siblings' disability checks, as well as several other forms of financial assistance from the government. His mother Sandra Contreras homeschools Caiden and four of his seven siblings at their home.

 “If these people don’t ever release me from prison, if I exhaust all my remedies in court, I’m gonna make these people kill me,” Daniel Taylor said to his brother, David Taylor during the third time that David purposefully got himself incarcerated in order to spend time with Daniel.  When Daniel Taylor was 17, he was wrongly convicted of a double murder that he physically could not have committed.  Police investigators beat him into the false confession that sealed his fate, but there was paperwork to prove he had been in police custody for disorderly conduct at the time the murders occurred.  Daniel spent two decades of his life sentence looking out from behind bars knowing that he had every right to be free.  On June 28th, 2013, the charges against Daniel were dropped and he was released from maximum-security prison in Menard, IL.  According to the National Registry of Exonerations, Daniel was the 90th to be exonerated in Cook County since 1989 and the 34th to be wrongfully convicted based on a faulty confession.   This portrait is a part of a larger story,  Exonerated: Am I Really Free? , which was done for the Chicago Tribune.     
  Casey Thayer, 22, grew up on a farm with her parents and two siblings surrounded by animals and fields.  When she was young, Casey was diagnosed with autism.  Casey nuzzled up to Janice next to a horse pasture on their farm in Birdseye, IN on April 27, 2014.  "I am losing a huge part of my life," Janice said.  A few days later, Casey moved out. 
 Glenda Bamberger, right, and her husband Jarrell Bamberger, left, widen holes dug in their yard in Blanco, Texas on July 11, 2015.  Their home was destroyed in the floods that occurred in May along the Blanco River in Central Texas.   At the time of the flood, Glenda, who was born and raised in Blanco, said, "We put everything into buying this house and now I am not sure we will want to rebuild."  However, with money from FEMA and help from family members, they decided to begin rebuilding.  Their new house will be eight feet off the ground in the hope that it will not be affected by future floods on their property. 
 Children play along 12th Street Beach in Chicago on August 13, 2013.  Lifeguards had told them to get out of Lake Michigan, because of rip tides and high levels of e. coli.  
 Olivia Lampert of Jasper, 2, reached up to touch the buck on display in the High Life Hunt Club's barbecue booth during the Heimatfest in Ferdinand on June 21, 2014. 
 Joshua Seitter, 12, and Whiskey Lullaby stand for a portrait at the North Carolina State Fair on October 25, 2013.
 Miriam Alejandra Montecillos and Emely Ayala canter in formation during practice at La Herradura Ranch in San Antonio, Texas on March 7, 2015.  "There is nothing else like escaramuza, so we know it is not forever, but we will do it as long as we can," Leticia Ozuna, mother of Montecillos and Ayala's teammate Caterina Ozuna, said.
  Willie Brantley does roofing in Tampa these days; however, at one point he was making his living "under the table."  He spent three years in prison because of that lifestyle, but is turning himself around.  He said, "I've watched this area decline, but that don't mean I got to keep declining with it." 
 Twenty-five doves were released after one of the free mass wedding ceremonies held annually on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14, 2014.  Over 30 couples were married during that ceremony.  
 The victim of a rape holds her hands to her face after recalling what happened during the attack in Hazel Crest, Ill. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.  The Robbins Police Department failed to investigate the rape, which is now outside the statute of limitations.  However, investigators are now working on 52 other rape cases that remain within the statute of limitations.  
 Rachael Hartofelis, upper right, celebrates on top of an SUV on N. Clark Street. in Chicago after the Blackhawks scored two goals in a 17 second span late in the third period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, June 24, 2013.  Moments later, the driver of the car kicked everyone off of the car, because its roof was caving in..  Copyright Chicago Tribune.
 Mary Jo Harte, left, comforts Patrick Stein, a 20-year-old former water polo player at Loyola Academy now immobilized by Locked In Syndrome, as his father, Nick Stein, and a neighbor support Patrick in the pool in his Northfield, Ill. home on Friday, August 16, 2013.  Patrick's Locked In Syndrome, the result of a water polo accident, left his entire body paralyzed, except for his eyes.  This was the second time that he had been in a pool since the accident.
  Deborah Barr, 56, sits for a portrait after service at the Israel Bethel P.B. Church in Tampa on Sunday, November 17, 2013.  Barr, who is unable to read, carries a bible in her purse and is hoping to one day be able to read it.  Her story is a part of the Holiday Hopes series in which the Tampa Bay Times features the stories of those in need during the holiday season.  Readers are encouraged to reach out to the subjects of these stories with support and assistance.
 Alex Falcone, 22, greets Phineas, a 17-year-old horse, in a pasture near Falkland, NC on April 13, 2013.  Phineas is a competitive show-jumping horse who has won many state and national titles.  Falcone learned to ride on Phineas, but not before Phineas bit his hand.
 Sandro Magradze of Johnsburg High School lays on the ground after he had tripped over a hurdle during the Class 2A 300-meter Intermediate Hurdles competition at the Illinois Boys IHSA State Track and Field Finals in Charleston, Ill. on May 24, 2013.  
 Jennifer Medina, left, and Marbella Rodriquez play in the rain during practice in front of the Kelly High School in Chicago on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.  The Kelly High School girls varsity soccer team is almost entirely first-generation Hispanic Americans.  Many of the girls struggle to convince their parents to allow them to play soccer. 
  Southridge senior Ethan Schwoeppe, bottom, Luke Stetter, junior, Drew Dearing, freshman, and Braden Harding, freshman, stacked on top of each other and cheered with the rest of the student section during halftime of their game against Washington in the IHSAA Class 3A sectional tournament in Huntingburg on Wednesday.  The Raiders lost 41-35.
 Reid Howard of Ferdinand, 8, walked a bat back to the dugout during the Class 2A sectional game in Tell City on May 30, 2014.  Forest Park was defeated by South Spencer 9-2.
 Erin O'Loughlin embraces her son Brendan O'Loughlin after his brother Marcus O'Loughlin, who has autism, attacked him while they were playing on the trampoline outside the family's home in Cary, NC on October 6, 2014.  As Marcus has aged, the frustrations that result from his autism have turned him violent towards his family.  Shortly after this incident Erin and her husband Colm O'Loughlin decided to permanently move Marcus, at age 11, to an assisted living facility for their other children's safety as well as their own.  "We know in our hearts that Marcus is going to need assistance for the rest of his life," Erin said. "As far as Marcus living a regular normal life with everybody else in the world, that might not be right for him and he might not be happy with that, so why should I push that on him?  We just want Marcus to be happy.  We want him to reach his full potential, whatever that might be."
 Glenda Bamberger looks out of the back door of her home in Blanco, Texas on Friday, May 29, 2015 after flash floods destroyed her home, her husband's business and most of her family's belongings. Bamberger, who was born and raised in Blanco, said, "We put everything into buying this house and now I am not sure we will want to rebuild."
 Caiden Contreras, who has autism, stands for a portrait in the room he shares with three of his brothers at his home in San Antonio, Texas on May 27, 2015.  His parents are both unemployed and living off of his and some of his siblings' disability checks, as well as several other forms of financial assistance from the government.  His mother Sandra Contreras homeschools Caiden and four of his seven siblings at their home.