Alyssa Pointer
Multimedia Journalist

Tracy and Jen VanHoutan were devastated when two of their children, Noah and Laine, were diagnosed with CLN2 Batten disease, a rare and fatal genetic disorder. The couple’s tireless quest for a cure paid off in April, when a drug was approved by the FDA, but only after Noah died.  (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

Mo Cahill, owner of the urban farm Moah's Ark, has raised chickens for over four years in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Though many in the neighborhood have responded positively to her operation, due to noise complaints from several other neighbors, Mo had to face a judge on June 13, 2017 for an appeal of a ticket. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Bowen High School wrestling coach Ron Wilson talks about his efforts to ensure that the members of his team compete at their best. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

Parents of students at William H. Ray Elementary school speak about their first day of school experience after they dropped off their children, Sept. 5, 2017, in Hyde Park. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

Mothers Against Senseless Killings, an anti-violence group started in 2015, spent time helping the youth on the southern end of Englewood stay safe during a spring break "sit-out." (Alyssa Pointer / Chicago Tribune)

Participants at a May Day demonstration in Chicago march down West Washington Boulevard to rally against deportations and in favor of raising the minimum wage, among other issues, on May 1, 2017, in Chicago. Edited by Alyssa Pointer

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