Affectionately nicknamed K-Rock, Kristen Hoovler is fighting her way back from a traumatic brain injury and inspiring her friends yet again.
Childhood friend Jess (Doxsey) Lavelua; Kristen’s parents, Pat and John Hoovler and the rest of the family and members of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church family are rallying together for fun, funds and education by hosting a 5 K-Rock Fun Run and Walk benefit on Saturday, November 30 at the Nescopeck State Park.
Jess says that the effervescent Kristen –a former Crestwood ‘Comet’ mascot –and her boyfriend Steve Kleiner were injured in a motorcycle accident on the evening of September 29th. “They were coming back from Bloomsburg and the back tire of the motorcycle blew out right by the Wilkes-Barre exit off Interstate 81.”
Jess says that the helmet Kristen was wearing saved her life, still the injuries sustained will take time and a steadfast spirit to overcome.
Thankfully, Kristen has time and plenty of spirit to see her through.
She also has lots of supportive friends. When the news of the accident reached them, Jess and many other friends headed to the hospital and it was then that the ‘5 K-Rock, Wear A Helmet, Save Your Life’ planning started. “We were sitting around the Intensive Care unit. It’s just been amazing how many of Kristen’s friends and family and neighbors have come out to support her.”
Jess has confidence that Kristen’s recovery will be marked with great accomplishments, because she’s proven that she achieves her goals. Jess notes, “In the last year and 1/2 Kristen has lost 114 pounds through exercise and eating healthy only. And this summer she just competed in her first 5 K race. So she was literally in the best condition of her life at the time of her accident.
“She’s has been such an inspiration and she she’s done it all very publicly. So we figured that a 5 K in her honor would suit well.”
Jess and the organizers at St. Paul’s Church have set up a link at www.5krock.orgto get the word out
about the November 30 events: first the 5 K fun walk or run, then an after-party at the Broadway Tavern.
Jess reports, that the 5 K-Rock fun walk and run be held at the Nescopeck State Park with gates opening at 11 am and the race
See Benefit page 4