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Hundreds Attend Free Healthcare Clinic

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Healthcare coverage, or lack thereof, is something that many people are struggling with. Saturday morning, some relief for hundreds of people across the mountains came as dozens of medical personnel donated their time and skills to help those who don't have many other options.

People started lining up just after noon on Friday and organizers say they expect to see one thousand by the end of the day Sunday.

"The need is very bad, they need a free clinic here," said Janet Dykes.

Fay Lynch and her daughter joined the crowd at 6:00 Saturday morning to get new glasses made on site.

"They can't afford their glasses, they haven't got the money, so that's the reason they're all here," Lynch said.

As numbers were called, hundreds made their way inside Tex Turner Arena at LMU for dental work, eye care, women's health issues and nearly any other minor medical problem you can think of. Stan Brock started the remote medical network in 1985.

"I used to live in the Amazon and the nearest doctor was a 26 day March from where I lived so I thought it would be nice to bring the doctors a little closer than a 26 day journey," Brock said.

RAM is uses all volunteers from across the county and offers free medical service wherever it is needed.

"I heard and found out that there was a great need here in the USA and now most of the work we do is here in the United States," Brock said.

"I think there's a need for this in every community. I think the state of our nation and health care the way that it is, it's one thing that they shouldn't let go, but it's one thing that they do let go," sad LMU Official and RAM Volunteer Kate Reagan.

The free clinic continues through Sunday, but volunteers say it is best to get here early. Patients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis.

The remote area medical clinic will also be in Pikeville the last week of June.

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