As a photographer for a daily newspaper, it's a rare thing to know what becomes of the lives of your subjects after meeting and photographing them. Feeding the "daily beast" takes precedent over dwelling whether the people you have photographed liked the picture you took of them or what kind of impact, if any, the experience has had on them. It makes my day when I get messages from readers who've liked my photos. I also get a kick out of seeing my photos on bulletin boards at schools or up on refrigerators in people's homes.
A while back, I thought it would be interesting to look back in our photo archive and revisit the subjects of some of the memorable photographs.
The first in this semi, irregular series has its genesis in 1999.
Photographers with The Gazette have periodically photographed Jalen Howsare of Solon, Iowa, since shortly after having both of his eyes surgically removed in late 1999. Jalen had a form of cancer known as bilateral retinoblastoma. Tumors were in his left and right eyes. His parents did the only thing they could to try to stop the spread of the tumors. They had both eyes surgically removed.
Now 14 and a freshman at Solon High School, Jalen plays trumpet and marches in the school's marching band.