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  • Remote Area Medical in Action

    Remote Area Medical is a mobile clinic that travels across the country to bring free dental, eye and medical care to the most remote and underserved communities in the United States. "Nightline" spent time with the volunteer staff as they set up shop at the Wise County fairgrounds in the southwest corner of Virginia. During that time, RAM helped some 2,500 people.
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  • Remote Area Medical

    Stan Brock founded Remote Area Medical in 1985. Since then, some 550,000 Americans have received free dental, eye and medical care at the "expeditions" he holds around the country.
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    Volunteer dentists, dental students and hygienists man the 80 dental chairs which are kept full through the weekend.
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    Volunteer denture lab technician Greg Gray crafts set of dentures for a patient, many of whom have often gone years without any teeth. "The people we are going to see here never get teeth if we don't give them to them," Gray said.
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    Hayden Heranney bravely sits for a dental x-ray. He later got a teeth cleaning and clean bill of dental health.
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    Robert Ellis walked 15 miles through the night to reach the clinic. In addition to getting his eyes checked and picking up a pair of reading glasses, Ellis was also fitted for hearing aids, saw the dentist and a cardiologist changed his blood pressure medication.
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  • Remote Area Medical

    Thom Dandridge manages RAM's Reach Across America optical labs along with his wife Judy. They carry 10,000 different prescription lenses on board and can provide most people with new glasses while they wait. "You have that grandmother that comes up to you and says?this is the first time in years that I have even known what my grandbabies looked like,' Dandridge said. "That's what keeps you going."
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  • Remote Area Medical

    Between the two mobile labs they can grind some 600 pairs of glasses a day. "Most insurances don't cover vision or dental so those are the things people come for," Thom Dandridge, RAM's optical lab manager said.
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