Thousands received free vision, dental, and medical check-ups at the opening day of the 12th Annual RAM clinic in Wise County, VA.
Remote Area Medical is an international non-profit organization, which was intended to serve third world countries when it was founded.
"Due to the presence of our healthcare situation here, we actually have a need for it here in America now," said Health Wagon Clinical Director Paula Meade.
This clinic provides various services including free vision, dental, and medical care.
"We see such a need on a daily basis that we see the need for specialty care. The people who can't get dental and vision. We brought this service here, and we keep doing it because we're serving this many patients," said Meade.
Folks started lining up Wednesday to receive care.
Thousands were treated on opening day.
The RAM clinic not only serves folks in this area. People from across the country come to this event every area.
Nearly two-thousand volunteers are lending a helping hand. Patients say they are thankful for their services.
"If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be alive," said Roy Kennedy, a patient from Coeburn, VA.
Doctors return every year to diagnose and help patients
"We're here as long as the need is here. I love what I do. I hate what brings patients here," said Dr. Robert Isaacs, a kidney specialist in VA.
Months of preparation go into this event every year.
Workers say it's all worth it.
"By Sunday, you're like 'wow' you may have saved somebody's life," said Meade.
This clinic will continue through Sunday evening at the Wise County Fairgrounds.