Over $11K raised for UAW 2250 member critically injured in auto accident

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MORE THAN $11,000 was raised for UAW Local 2250 member Travis Huck (seated left), during a Jan. 22 event at the UAW Local 2250 hall in Wentzville. Huck was days away from becoming permanent at the Wentzville GM Plant when he was severely injured in a one-car accident Nov. 17. He is shown here with his significant other Kate Otey (to his left) and their children Maverick (behind Huck), Wyatt (being held by Huck) and Miles (being held by Otey). Local 2250’s Shana Shaw (second from right) and Local 2250 Vice President Shawn Kohrs (right) teamed up to organize the event. – Photo courtesy of Shawn Kohrs/UAW Local 2250.

By SHERI GASSAWAY
Correspondent

On Nov. 17, UAW Local 2250 member Travis Huck was on his way to work at the Wentzville GM plant when he was involved in a single-car accident. He was airlifted to the hospital with two broken legs, crushed heels and a back injury.

At the time, Local 2250 Vice President Shawn Kohrs didn’t know Huck. But after learning that the journeyman electrician had no health insurance coverage or paid sick leave, he jumped into action. Today, Kohrs considers Huck family.

“He was eight days away from becoming permanent at GM and had just welcomed a son six weeks earlier,” Kohrs said. “After hearing Travis’ story, I just knew we had to do something.”

MORE THAN $11,000 RAISED
Kohrs teamed with childhood friend and Local 2250 co-worker Shana Shaw and organized a Jan. 22 trivia night/mouse race fundraiser at the UAW Local 2250 union hall to benefit Huck and his family. He called on Local 2250 members and area business owners to help and they came through in a big way: the event raised more than $11,000.

“I’m so proud to know so many who stepped up to help this deserving brother,” Kohrs said. “I’m also pleased at how fast the event came together and the fact that everything for the event from hall rental to food and gift baskets was donated by our members and the community.”

Huck and his significant other, Katelyn Otey, who have three small children, were able to attend the fundraiser and said they were grateful for everyone’s help.

‘WE’RE DEFINITELY FAMILY NOW’
“It was an awesome night that I’ll never forget,” he wrote on Facebook. “Seeing everyone and hearing their words of encouragement was exactly what I needed to keep the motivation to get back up on my feet. Just as Shawn and Shana Shaw said – we’re definitely family now.”

Huck’s mom Paula also attended the event and thanked Kohrs and Shaw for their extraordinary talent and countless hours spent organizing it to help her son with his medical bills and survival for the next few months.

‘BEYOND AMAZING’
“You both went above and beyond to pull this together, and I am over the moon about the two of you and all of the volunteers who helped with the event,” she wrote on Facebook. “You are all beyond amazing and full of love! You are all heroes in my book!”

Huck is still undergoing intense physical therapy and is unable to work. You can help by visiting gofundme.com/f/support-for-travis-and-katelyn or by donating via Venmo to Kate-Otey.


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