Coach’s Son Recovering After Cycling Injury

Ganon McDonald

(Duluth News Tribune) – What began as a fun family bike ride last week for Rhett and Kayelyn McDonald turned into life-saving surgery for the couple’s oldest son.

Seven-year-old Ganon McDonald suffered a traumatic brain injury Friday after a spill on the Willard Munger State Trail, an accident that required immediate surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain.

While the kindergartner from St. James Catholic School is back home recovering and in good spirits, the incident has left an indelible impression on his parents.

“The larger lesson is that life is incredible and to enjoy life and get the most out of moments,” Rhett McDonald, the boys basketball coach at Duluth East, recounted Wednesday. “In 20 years or 20 seconds, life can change. We’re unbelievably fortunate.” CONTINUE