Mother finds holiday cheer nine years after her son’s death

By Jasmine Minor

Debra McDonald, a mother of five, lost her youngest son in a traumatic backyard accident nine years ago. She reflects back on the experience and how far she has come in her healing process. In preparation for the holidays, she leans on her family, friends and faith for strength.

Photo at top:Javaun McDonald with his mother Debra McDonald at his middle school football game. (Provided by Debra McDonald)