Back in 1985, Stan Brock, the original “crocodile hunter,” founded Remote Area Medical (RAM) after suffering an injury in an isolated area of South America and also seeing the devastating impact that easy-to-treat illnesses and injuries can cause to people in hard-to-reach locations. More than 30 years later, RAM has provided over $112M in free healthcare services to over 700,000 people around the globe. Over time, RAM has increasingly focused on providing services in poor and rural areas of the United States, and today this work makes up more than 90% of their services. Tonight we’re joined by Dr. Vicki Weiss, an Optometrist, serial volunteer, and President of the Board of Directors for RAM Virginia. This year, RAM Virginia will run eight mobile clinics in locations of great need like Smyth, Warsaw, and Emporia Virginia, and they plan to expand to 12 clinics next year. In 2016, 4,850 RAM volunteers provided free care to 5,134 Virginians valued at over $3M dollars. Vicki joins us to talk about her experiences working with RAM and other volunteer groups, and some of the people she has served over the past 25+ years.
It's more than just physical services. It's showing people that others care about them.
There are lots of people right here in Virginia that need medical care but can't afford and/or access it.
RAM Virginia's greatest need is for dentists, hygienists, optometrists, opticians, and doctors of all kinds. They also need other volunteers and assistance. Please feel free to reach out to their Director of Community Engagement, Marcus Adkins, to see how you might help. His coordinates are: marcusVA@ramusa.org, 276-870-6299, www.ramusa.org/Virginia, and P.O. Box 38, Norton, VA24273.
Full interview with Dr. Vicki Weiss, President of the Board of Directors for Remote Area Medical Virginia. (This may take 30 seconds or so to load.)
Opening and closing music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough