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Remote Area Medical LA 2010

WOW! Whata day this was! I was up at 4am and inside the LA Sports Arena by 6am. Remote Area Medical was there today. We saw 1000 patients in 12 hours!! Over the the past week of the event RAM would have seen over 8000 patients making it the BIGGEST FREE health clinic in the U.S. Many potential patients waited over 20 hours just to get the approved wristband that would gain them entry to attain FREE MEDICAL, DENTAL, and VISION care. Dr. Tram and I pulled teeth in the morning and then I did fillings in the afternoon. The patients were ALL sooo thankful and gracious that we were volunteering to see them. I felt as if it was open all night long there still would have been patients there. Simply inspiringly NUTS!  One of the sterilization volunteers had been fixing the dental equipment with RAM for many years and he pointed out who the founder was to me. This amazing man was Stan Brock, he founded RAM. I quickly ran up to where he was walking and enthusiastically asked him if I could get a picture and he was pretty low key and gave me a snapshot! Imagine, this dude founded RAM over 20 years ago. He must be in his 70′s and he looks fit, lean and healthy. I was so intrigued as to who this person was so I found out some interesting facts about him. In his words, he expressed that he…” Works out 2 hours a day everyday.”  He is a vegetarian, Eats oatmeal everyday, eats a lot of fruits and vegetables and also beans. He also said he never gets sick and is really healthy.  And his inspiration for creating RAM sprung from a  personal injury he had as a young man in the Amazon where he was severely injured and we was 26 DAYSSS away from any hospital or medical care! It was from this moment of decision that RAM was formed. Ok more later…gotta go.–Dr. Ganatra

Posted by: SoCal Smiles Dentistry
Posted on: May 26th, 2010

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