Southern Maine truck driver Troy Gamrat wanted to do something after the tragic death of a Lee woman earlier this month on Interstate 95 that injured her 2-year-old son, and posted an idea about a convoy on Facebook.
“Troy just wanted to get a few trucks together. His whole point was he didn't want little Enoch to be afraid of trucks his whole life,” said Jason Perry of Maine Diesel. “It just kind of snowballed from there.”
Perry took Gamrat's idea and ran with it organizing the Convoy for a Cause to benefit the family of 27-year-old Heidi McGovern who took her own life on Oct. 4 by stepping in front of an Irving oil truck driven by a Bucksport man.
She was holding her 2-year-old son, Enoch, who was thrown and suffered a traumatic brain injury and several fractures, including both femurs. Family members have posted pictures of his recovery at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and on Wednesday they posted images of him leaving the hospital.
“When a tragedy like this occurs everybody wants to help and nobody knows exactly what they can do to help so this is just one way we can get together and show our support for Enoch and his family,” said Jerry Leonard, a local motorcycle rider who is participating in the convoy.
Winterport Dragway donated the use of their property as the staging area for the convoy, which will leave at around 1 p.m. Saturday for a trip to the hospital in Bangor and back.
“There is 597 going and 2,700 interested,” Perry said.
T&A Transport in Newport is one company sending up half a dozen trucks. L/A Bike Meets of Lewiston and Auburn is a motorcycle group that has members who have signed up.
“It's just great to see the support that people just want to come out and support this little boy and not just the little boy but the driver,” Perry said. “It's equally as great to see the support for the driver as the little boy. A lot of people have asked that he's mentioned.”
The cost to enter the convoy is $10, with all the funds going to the McGovern family. There is also a GoFundMe page set up to pay for the boy's medical care.
“Rain or shine, I'll be there either way,” Leonard said. “He's a miracle.”