Hit and Run Victim Gets Disabled-Ready Home

Updated: 03/29/2014 5:38 PM
Created: 03/29/2014 2:18 PM
By: Josh Rosenthal

A St. Paul native who lost a lot after being the victim of an accident a year and a half ago has reason to celebrate on Saturday.

Zack Mohs lost a leg, the use of his left arm, and he suffered severe brain damage when he was the victim of a hit and run in Alaska.

"When Zach first woke up, he said my legs are messed up," Mohs' mom, Cheryl Young, said. "You know, I mean, how do you tell your child, you know, you don't have a leg anymore?"

It could've been the end for some. For Mohs and Young, it was the beginning.

"He said 'I refuse to give up,' and when he said that, it just ignited something in me, and I said 'I refuse to give up too," Young said.

The hit and run driver didn't have insurance. Doctors didn't think Mohs would ever walk again, let alone live on his own.

Young set out to raise enough money to build her son a wheelchair accessible home back in teh Twin Cities, so he could live independently again.

"We've been a pretty good team," she said.

Mohs admits he never thought he'd own a brand new house in South St. Paul.

Ask Young the same question, and she'll give a different answer.

"I did," she said. "I knew it was going to happen. I had faith."

Young ended up raising $100,000 on her own. Then the Builders Association of the Twin Cities stepped in. They offered to build a $220,000 house for Mohs.

Of the remaining $120,000 needed to pay for it, they offered to pay $60,000 if Young raised the other $60,000.

She's almost there, and if you want to help her make up the difference, you can donate money on her crowdfunding site.

Zach Mohs was the victim of a hit and run in Sept. 2012.
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