Pizza may build a house for Zack Mohs

Heather Edwards
Review staff


If faith can move mountains, surely pizza can build a house.

South St. Paul resident Cheryl Young has one dream: to build a house that her son can call home. To help make this dream a reality, she’ll be selling Heggies Pizzas.

The pizzas, which have a near-cult following among its fans, can be purchased until Oct. 25 with delivery on Nov. 9 and 10. Pizzas are $10-12 each. 

Cheryl hopes to sell about 4,000 pizzas to help pay for her son’s house, located in South St. Paul.

Her son, Zack Mohs, was working in Anchorage, Alaska in 2012 when he was struck by an uninsured driver. He was struck and dragged, removing all his clothing and leaving tire tracks on his chest.  At the time, Zack’s doctors told his parents the young man would never awaken from his coma. A month later, Zack proved the doctors wrong and has made remarkable progress since then. He returned to Minnesota a few months after the crash.

However, Zack has suffered multiple permanent injuries, including the loss of a leg, a brain injury and fractured vertebrae. He could not live in a house that wasn’t handicapped accessible.

Nearly a year ago, members of the VFW Post 295 hosted a spaghetti dinner for Zack, raising nearly $20,000. With part of the money, Cheryl bought an empty lot from the South St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Companies have volunteered to oversee the house-building project and others have sold the building materials at a greatly reduced price.

After returning to Minnesota, Zack received treatment at Courage Center and currently resides in an assisted living facility while his family works tirelessly to raise the money needed to build his house.

Zack’s ongoing care has left the family without much money. Cheryl had just started a new job as an accounting officer in Minneapolis when the accident occurred, and she couldn’t keep the position and take care of her son at the same time. “I promised him I would never leave him and he would never go through this alone,” she said.

Recently, Cheryl began looking for a new job but encountered her own health crisis: she was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery to remove a kidney.

Her recent illness has not deterred her from her mission. “If I wait for everything to fall into place, it will never happen,” she said.

So she decided to sell pizzas. If she reaches her goal, she’ll be able to buy siding, windows, a furnace and a garage door for Zack’s new house.

She’s grateful to those who have already helped the family in many ways, but noted, “This is a long, hard push, but with enough help we can do it.”

Her goal is to have the house framed before winter.

“I’m going to keep going until Zack has his life back,” she said. “That’s all there is to it.”

For more information on the fundraiser and for instructions on ordering pizza, go to https://www.facebook.com/ZackMohsFriends.

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