This week’s neighbor says the upcoming Trout Run seems to wrap up everything he does and stands for.

This week’s neighbor says the upcoming Trout Run seems to wrap up everything he does and stands for.

The Trout Run is a bicycle ride, set for Sept. 22, with the longest leg of the ride running from the Neosho National Fish Hatchery to Roaring River State Park, both of which raise rainbow trout. The long run is 100 miles, but there are shorter runs for people not up to a 100 miles.

One of the brains behind this bike run is Don McBride, the chief executive officer of ACCESS Family Care located on East McKinney Street in Neosho. ACCESS is a federally funded health center that provides care to everyone. Fees for care are based on the patients’ economic need.

McBride was born in California, but calls Missouri his home since he has lived here since childhood. He graduated from Seneca High School and attended Midwest Bible Institute in Houston, Texas, where he met his wife, Shirley.

They served together as missionaries in the Philippines and were serving during turbulent times when opposition forces were trying to remove the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. They also had a scare when they were doing a short mission to Cuba. A Swine Flu outbreak occurred and Cuban officials told then to get out before they closed the country to travel. Unfortunately, the only way out was through Cancun, Mexico, which was the center of the Swine Flu outbreak. According to McBride, “By God’s grace we were able to make it home.”

Later, he was involved in teaching English as a Second Language in public schools and at Crowder College.

Because of his international language skills, McBride and his wife are pastors of Vida Abundante, a mission church located on the Neosho square. Seven or eight members of their congregation speak no English.

But it was his interest in cycling that led him to work on the Trout Run.

“I am interested in wellness for our patients and staff, and cycling is great exercise,” he said.

The Trout Run is going to help fund the medical expenses for those kids who cannot afford medical or dental care.
“We might not be able to provide needed dental care to hurting people in India and Africa, but we know we can take care of our kids right here in the Ozarks,” McBride said.

So, for his love for the needy, Don McBride is this week’s good neighbor. And you can be a good neighbor by supporting the Trout Run.
For information, check or contact Don McBride.