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Hundreds attend RAM clinic in Blount County

10:49 PM, Aug 17, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR, Blount Co.) - Hundreds lined up outside of Heritage High School Friday night and early Saturday morning waiting for their ticket into the Remote Area Medical Clinic.

This is not the first time RAM has been in Blount County, but organizers said it has been several years since the last clinic.

RAM is also celebrating its 700th clinic this weekend. The organization has helped more than 500,000 people.

Organizers are expecting around 1,000 patients this weekend.

Founder Stan Brock says 75% of those are here for dental and eye care.

"That is where the big need is in this country. People who can't afford to go to the eye doctor or the dentist," said Brock.

Many people who are underinsured or don't have insurance at all came from other counties as well.

Charlotte Hurst has visited RAM clinics three times, and was at Heritage High School on Saturday to have a wisdom tooth pulled.

"I thank God that there are people like them here that volunteer their time for us that can't afford some of these medical thing," said Hurst.

Others like Melody Robinson were at the clinic to have their eyes checked and to get a free pair of glasses.

"Because I have no insurance, and this right here is a blessing to people who don't have the insurance to afford it," said Robinson.

RAM continues on Sunday starting at 6:00 a.m. Organizers say you should get there earlier in order to get a ticket.

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