To get to the point of walking, Kevin has gone through months of grueling rehabilitation at Houston's Memorial Hermann hospital with the help of a team of doctors, occupational therapists like Rafferty Laredo, and his mom, Patricia. "Ever since I was a kid, she's been taking care of me. Whenever I was sick, she was there, just nursing me up," Kevin says. "When this happened, she just went into full force."
Kevin says he remembers the moment when he was injured—he couldn't move or feel his body and could barely breathe. "The first thing that entered my mind was my family, how scared they were just seeing me lying on the ground like that," he says. "That was the main thing on my mind."
Kevin says he actually tried to stand up after the collision. "I was trying to be a tough guy, trying to get up, thinking it was just a stinger or something like that," he says. "But it was the real deal. Me being paralyzed had entered my mind. I didn't want to accept it at the time, so I tried to get up but couldn't—not at all."