Brain cancer survivor, Michael McBride had good intentions of ‘Riding for a Cure’ from Hopkins, Kentucky to Panama City, Florida in eight days. However, after experiencing another near death accident, he is forced to add a few more days to his schedule.
McBride, who began his ride on September 5, had already made plans to rest for the evening in Cullman through a website called warmshowers.com. He had been in contact with another member of the biking community, Dorenda Doyle, who had made arrangements for McBride to spend an evening at the Retreat Center at St. Bernard Abbey.
Doyle received a call from McBride on Friday afternoon stating he was in Hartselle and would be in Cullman in about an hour. However the next call received was one stating he had been involved in a hit and run.
“I got a call from Michael saying that he had been hit by a vehicle on Hwy 31, just outside Falkville. We immediately called 911, and headed that way,” Doyle said.
By the time the Doyle’s got to him, police were on the scene. McBride was visibly shaken and had a bloody ankle, but refused medical treatment stating he had spent enough time in and out of hospitals.
“I have a glioblastoma brain tumor, and have been a cancer survivor for six years. I am riding my bicycle with the American Cancer Society to help children that unfortunately have been diagnosed with cancer too,” McBride said.
Some may think McBride has more lives than a cat, but he is grateful to be alive. “I have survived a fall from a roof, a new heart valve, being electrocuted, having brain cancer, an automobile accident, and being hit on a bicycle; however, God has a plan, and I must carry on this mission,” McBride said.The vehicle struck the trailer that McBride was towing with his bicycle, destroying it, and throwing him from his bike. The accident occurred at dusk on Friday evening, just outside of Falkville. Although Michael identified the car as a Camry, he refuses to give any further details, “because I don’t want to get anyone in trouble. “ Although the driver hit brake lights a few times, after the collision, he/she left the scene of the accident without checking on McBride.
Upon arrival at St. Bernard, McBride finds a different story – one of compassion and hope. The Retreat Center provided a wonderful place to rest and recover from what could have been a bad situation. Guest staying at the center heard about the evenings tragic events, and placed monetary gifts in his room. But the giving didn’t stop there. Once employees at the local Wal Mart heard about the accident, they immediately pitched in and purchased a new bike trailer for him.
McBride was joined by his wife Melissa on Sunday afternoon at St. Bernard. They were both very thankful and flattered by the kindness of the Cullman Community and especially the Doyle’s and Br. Brendan Seipel at St. Bernard. McBride will now continue his bike journey, to complete his mission to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, with his wife following behind him.
“My family and I appreciate all of the support and comfort received on our brief stay at St. Bernard. We love the Lord with all of our heart and know this would not be possible without HIM!”
Anyone wishing to support McBride may do so by visitingwww.relayforlife.org/hopkinsky. Donations may also be sent to Michael McBride, Ride for a Cure, American Cancer Society, 952 Fairview Avenue. Suite 4, Bowling Green, KY 42101.