2018 BPPA Pictures of the Year

03 Feature

1. 1st – Craig F. Walker / Boston Globe

Connor Biscan rested in his “sensory closet,’’ while his mother, Roberta Biscan let in the dog at their home in Wilmington, MA. Roberta explained that Connor suffers from sensory processing disorder, meaning “he doesn’t know where his body is in space.” The closet under the stairs is filled with comforting objects: pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, toys, and balloons. He buries himself among his favorite things. Roberta said their weight signals his nervous system to calm down. “He can stay in there for hours,’’ she said.

2. Jessica Rinaldi / Boston Globe

Children peer through the windows to watch as patients have their teeth extracted inside the makeshift dental clinic at Mount Moriah Primary School in rural Jamaica.

3. Nancy Lane / Boston Herald

Home for the holidays. 21-month-old Charlotte “Charlie” MacNeil gets ready to go home after spending the last five months in three different hospitals. Charlie’s mother Becky Conway put her to bed on July 4th a healthy energetic baby and found her unresponsive and paralyzed the next morning. She was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a debilitating disease of the spinal cord. Doctors originally thought she would not recover but she has regained some movement, can speak and eat through the mouth. Taking her home “is the only Christmas present I wanted” her mother said as they left the hospital.

HM 1. Craig F. Walker / Boston Globe

Lochlan Madden, 5, and his brother Declan, 8, enjoyed the water at the BCYF Mirabella Pool in Boston’s North End. As brutal heat enveloped the area, the quest for comfort took top priority, drawing people to pools, fountains, museums, and movie theaters in search of cooler temperatures. The photograph was taken on August 7, 2018.

HM 2. Jessica Rinaldi / Boston Globe

Patricia Carbajal teaches her daughter, Camilia, to roller-skate along Revere Beach. It’s hard for Patricia, a TPS holder who is one of hundreds of thousands of Hondurans who have had their immigration status revoked by the Trump administration, not to think about the many opportunities her daughter has in the United States that would be out of reach in Honduras, where, in 2013, children only attended school for seven and a half years on average. Children in Honduras also are at daily risk from random and targeted criminal threats.