Lincoln man stays positive after car accident paralyzes him

By: Lauren Fabrizi

Step into the Tavern on the Square in the Haymarket on any Husker game day, and you’ll find Jason Leuck selling hot dogs. Get a little closer, and you’ll see he’s doing it from a wheel chair, which is no easy task.

But what most people don’t know is the story behind why he’s doing it.

“I went off an embankment, and I hit a train reeve and got lodged in the back seat,” Leuck remembers.

Six years ago, that Omaha accident left Leuck with a spinal cord injury that paralyzed him from the chest down. Since then, he’s been in and out of therapy. About three years ago, he moved to the Haymarket in Lincoln.

That’s when he decided to set up a hot dog stand.

“Just outside one day, and I see all these people everyday,” he said. “I thought they needed food, so I decided to sell food.”

Not being able to walk is something Leuck’s accepted, and is something he said won’t get in his way of making others happy.

With the help of friends and family, he set up shop in the Railyard then  moved to the Tavern exclusively for home games.

“Great people, great atmosphere, great food,” he said.

Over the last two seasons, business has grown. But for Leuck, it’s not about the profits, it’s about the same faces that come out every time.

“My family is so proud of him, very proud,” Leuck’s father said.

“Not many people in a wheel chair think they can do something,” Leuck said. “Never stop, keep moving forward.”