Dassel-Cokato Mourns Loss of Student Athlete Who Died from Severe Allergic Reaction

September 22, 2017 10:28 PM

A Wright County teen passed away Friday after a severe reaction to a peanut allergy, according to the boy's family.

Fifteen-year-old Jacob MacDonald was a student and football player at Dassel-Cokato High School in Wright County.  


MacDonald was being treated at the Twin Cities Children's Hospital after the severe allergic reaction caused heart and lung issues.

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MacDonald's mother, Bonni Marcus Halverson, said he passed away peacefully.

"We are so proud to call him our son, we are so proud of all the things he has accomplished, and how many lives he has touched," she said in a Facebook post. "Thank you so much for all of the amazing support, we are still gonna need it."

MacDonald's football team played a road game at Watertown-Mayer Friday night. The stands were full of students and families, wearing t-shirts for the MacDonalds that read "MacDon Strong" across the front and "A Way of Life" across the back.

Mandi Hoernemann was selling those shirts before the game. Her son wrestled with MacDonald and said the day has been tough for everyone.

"The kids all wanted hugs and love," Hoernemann said. "They didn't know what to do, and everybody's broken hearted. It's a tragic, tragic accident."

Before kickoff, both teams took their places on the sidelines while they observed a moment of silence for MacDonald. One of MacDonald's teammates held his jersey in the lineup.

The money collected from selling shirts and bracelets, as well as any money raised on a dedicated GoFundMe page, will go toward supporting MacDonald's family.

RELATED: Hundreds Gather to Support Dassel-Cokato Sophomore Battling Severe Allergic Reaction



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