Religions and Spirituality

They Walked the Walk with Kevin Kret --A Journey of Hope

The Kret family, Kevin surrounded by his brother Dylan, father Michael, Mom Joan, Sisters Jenny and Meghan.
Kevin Kret before his traumatic brain injury.
Michael and Kevin Kret
Gathered for the rosary.
Kevin's father Michael Kret addresses the crowd
A Post Walk Celebration Gathering
Kevin Kret at CBA for his Walk.

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. -  On the evening of August 8, 2017, friends and family members of Kevin Kret as well as lots of new faces, joined together on a beautiful summer evening for the annual 'Walk the Walk' with Kevin Kret, held at the Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) Arena, 850 Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, NJ.

The crowd of approximately 170 adults, teens, young children and a few happy dogs gathered to walk with Kevin, listen to a medical update and pray with and for Kevin as he continues his journey of rehabilitation and hope, after suffering a traumatic brain injury 8 years ago from a skateboarding accident.  The crowd gathered, there were a lot of hugs, conversations, love and laughter. Before the walk started Brother Frank from CBA gave an opening welcome which was then followed by the National Anthem, sung by talented local teen Rebecca Ryann. Everyone then lined up around and behind Kevin and the lap around the horse arena at CBA began. After a lap around the arena,  the crowd gathered for an update regarding Kevin's health and current therapy programs. This was followed by a brief talk by Dr. Patricia Morton of Rutgers University, concerning research in the field of umbilicial cord stem cells, and its potential as a treatment for those with brain and spinal cord injuries. The event culminated with Kevin's dad Michael Kret leading everyone in praying the rosary together. It was beautiful.

Three words immediately come to mind to describe the event: Hope Faith and Love. Fittingly, the Kret family defines these words; Kevin, his parents Joan and Michael, his siblings Megan, Jenny and Dylan-- all represent the power and strength and true meaning of family. When you are around the Kret family, you experience the purest form of those three simple, elegant and powerful words. For those who could not be present, Kevin's father Michael has created a website to publish Kevin's story--Kevin's 'Journey of Hope''s a story for Kevin and it is a story for his family. It is also a story with deep meaning that is very much...for you.

Sign Up for E-News

'Journey of Hope' written by Kevin's father Michael, is the story of Kevin Kret, a young man with a promising future. Kevin described by so many as a handsome gentle soul, with a curly head of red hair and fit physique, someone who knows how to be a great friend, follows the beat of his own drum, never falling prey to the flavor of the day. Kevin is described by many as a leader.  Kevin is a graduate of Saint Leo the Great School and CBA and had just successfully completed his first year at the University of Villanova and was home for summer break when he fell off of a skateboard, after hitting debris in the road near his Middletown home. This fall resulted in a traumatic brain injury directly to his brain stem.  The brain stem is a critical area that controls some of the most basic life functions such as breathing, temperature, heart rate and consciousness.  Kevin was left non-communicative and what appeared to be unconscious.  Through a miraculous set of circumstances God spared Kevin’s life.  His time had not yet come.  Clearly, God had other plans for Kevin. What those plans would be we could only imagine. Kevin although he is in a semi conscious state and is aware of what is going on around him, has been unable to communicate with his family and friends since that skateboard accident in July 2009. 

'Journey of Hope' is a story of a family's love, it is about finding hope and allowing our faith to sustain us.  With Traumatic Brain Injury, the goals are often small steps, but major victories; a thumbs up, an eye movement, or a swallow. Kevin's father says, " While we truly believe that through prayer and advances in science Kevin will one day “wake up”, our initial goal was to bring Kevin home in spite of the many challenges, and that is the focus of Part 1 of Kevin’s Journey of Hope – Going Home." (From the website

A 2017 Message from Joan and Mike (Kevin's parents)

"With your support Kevin has made great progress in the past year.   With the money from last years walk and Jerry Conway’s annual “Paddling for Kevin” event, we purchased a new exercise bike that lets Kevin pedal on his own when he can.   We found that he will sometimes take over the cycling with his left leg (amazing).  With professionals who frequently spend  time with Kevin like Dr. Bob Incitti (Kevin’s PT) and Frankie Locicero (Kevin’s  trainer) Kevin works out on a regular basis.  Using muscle stimulation and commercial equipment such as the Total Gym and Bowflex, Kevin has a regular workout complete with leg squats, lat pull downs, as well as arm curls and presses.  

We took Kevin back to Weill Cornell to do extensive testing and imaging of his brain in May.  We were hoping that things remained stable since the last time we were there.  We were ecstatic to learn that his brain continues to repair and reorganize.  We plan to work with Weill Cornell to help develop and test new Brain Computer Interfaces that are still in the research phase. 

On the Cord Blood Stem Cell front we continue to work with Dr. Wise Young who attended last year’s 2016 walk and God willing we hope to have a clinical trial designed to help Kevin in the next year. 

If you would like to follow Kevin’s progress visit:  On that site you can view the on-line book called “Journey of Hope – Going Home.”

So what’s next?  Hopefully some significant breakthroughs for Kevin with non-controversial umbilical cord blood stems cell and brain computer interfaces in the coming year.   "We really appreciate your support and prayers. May God Bless you all," --Joan and Mike Kret

If you were unable to make the walk and would like to make a donation to help cover  therapy costs for Kevin, you can write the check out to ‘Kevin’s Journey of Hope' and mail it to 21 Newland Place, Aberdeen, NJ 07747 or donate at . This is not a tax deductible donation.

Thank you for sharing your steps on this walk of Faith, Hope and Love.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Holmdel & Colts Neck

Upcoming Events


Wed, June 20, 7:00 PM

Town Hall, Holmdel

Holmdel Zoning Board


Sat, June 23, 3:00 PM

Laird Field, Colt Neck

Tony Garito Memorial Colts Neck Home Run Derby



Wed, June 27, 5:30 PM

Bell Market @ Bell Works, Holmdel

Holmdel Chamber of Commerce Hosts Networking ...


Wed, June 27, 5:30 PM

Bell Market @ Bell Works, Holmdel

Holmdel Chamber of Commerce Networking Happy Hour ...

Business & Finance Food & Drink

New Jersey Launches NJ ABLE Accounts to Help Individuals with Disabilities Save for Expenses

June 18, 2018

Human Services Commissioner Johnson Unveils Tax-Free Savings Accounts for Individuals with Disabilities

Murphy Administration NJ ABLE Launch Welcomed by Individuals, Families & Advocates

June 18, 2018

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson on Monday announced the launch of a major new program to help individuals with disabilities become more ...

Holmdel High School Sophomores Receive Awards for Writing

HOLMDEL, N.J. –  Two talented Holmdel High School sophomores, Aidan Choo and Owen Walor, recently received accolades in two separate prestigious writing competitions.

Aidan Choo was recognized as the winner of the Sijo competition in the Sejong Cultural Society’s annual contest. According to their website, the Society’s mission is to “advance awareness and ...

Where's the Money? Monmouth Officials Demand Answers on Redirected 9-1-1 Taxes

June 18, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ – An increase proposed in fees for 9-1-1 programming is getting backlash after an analysis shows that the funds are not being utilized as intended. According to a news release on Monday, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry and Sheriff Shaun Golden are calling on State officials to find out why Monmouth County has ...


Aug 28, 1938 - May 22, 2018
Karen A. Brooks, 79 of Colts Neck, passed away on Tuesday, May 22nd at Silver Care Center ...
Read more
Feb 2, 1936 - May 20, 2018
Margaret M. Woj, 82, of New Smyrna Beach, FL. passed away on Sunday, May 20th, 2018 in Port Orange, ...
Read more

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...