Making a difference one mile at a time
As the sun begins to warm the valley and a brilliant sunrise kisses the rimrocks surrounding Prineville, a lone jogger methodically works his way through the streets.
Fred Hosillos waves enthusiastically at passersby and vehicles as he makes his six-mile trek. In no uncertain terms, Hosillos not only considers this routine to be an integral part of his health regimen, but it is a ministry that began in 1982.
Hosillos and his wife, Rochelle, came to America in 1983 after living in the Philippines. They started a marathon clinic in their hometown of Iloilo, Philippines, in 1982. Dr. John Wagner, who lived in Hawaii, came to the Philippines to teach them how to set up the clinic. It was based on the principles of healthy living and regular exercise, with the idea of incorporating marathons into the mix.
An opportunity presented itself in 1983 to come to America and they made their home in Los Angeles, California. He served as a health educator for his Adventist Church in Los Angeles. Hosillos wanted to be a doctor when he has a young man, but his family wouldn't have been able to afford the education. He still had a strong interest in health, and the first 20 members to join his clinic were doctors and nurses.
"I wanted to be a doctor, and could not be because I did not have the brain, we didn't have the money, but now, look at the people who are joining the program," said Hosillos. "Why am I still doing it? Because I believe there is value in preventative medicine. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure."
Hosillos worked as a custodian and nursing home administrator in California, while working at his clinics as a volunteer. In 2006, he and Rochelle were becoming empty nesters, and were looking for a change to living in the city. His sister, who lived in Redmond, Oregon, suggested they come and check out Central Oregon. They immediately fell in love with Prineville, and have remained ever since.
Hosillos has been extremely active in the community since he moved to Prineville. He is an inaugural member of the Prineville Mosaic Medical Patient Advisory Council and is on their board of directors. He also serves on the board for Redemption House Ministries and volunteers at the Landing Youth and Tutorial Center in Prineville.
In addition to his volunteer positions, he sings at different churches and participates in the Prineville Follies.
"I am now the most chronologically gifted talent in the local talent show," Hosillos jokes about his age.
He has many missions in his Prineville Community, but he also likes to go on cruises with his family. He has children and grandchildren in California and the U.K. and loves to spend time with family whenever possible. He loves classical music and opera.
"There is always something to do in my community."
"When God created each one of us, in each one of us there is a gift," he said. "The sooner we recognize what the gift is and harness it, the more it will develop and the more we will be able to impact people in the community."
Hosillos wears a screen print that has a logo that demonstrates this philosophy. He said it was inspired by Crook County Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Daniels. She and other parents in the community were inspired by his tenacity and friendliness each morning on his run. He always waves and brings a smile to those he encounters. He has a magnetic personality and is quick with a joke.
He doesn't feel compelled to try to change the world, but he has a philosophy.
"Make a difference in the life of one person, one day at a time."
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