America has no shame. If it did there would never be a need for such events as occurred last weekend at McGavock High School in Nashville, TN or what will occur in the next few weeks in Pigeon Forge, TN and Sacramento, California.
To the everlasting shame of our country, and to the everlasting credit of Stan Brock and his Remote Area Medical (RAM) organization, last weekend the suffering of hundreds of Nashvillians needing medical, dental and vision care was, at least in some measure, relieved at RAM’s weekend clinic at McGavock High School. Thanks to the tireless efforts of 394 volunteers from 18 states—internists, OB/GYNs, dentists, optometrists, students and adminstrative volunteers—1303 uninsured and underinsured men, women and children received at least a small measure of the basic healthcare that should be the birthright of every American.
People suffering excruciating toothache pain found relief. 843 patients received dental cleanings, fillings and extractions. 403 patients received new pairs of glasses. Dozens of mothers arrived at the clinic site a day early and slept in cars to receive such basic services as pap smears and mammograms. Fathers and sons received basic medical care for a variety of ailments, serious and routine. And, the long waits patiently endured by prospective patients were made easier, and hungry children quieted, by the arrival of members of Friendship Community Church (Mt. Juliet, TN) who delivered the blessing of 1300 sack lunches. (See video in media box to the right of this article.)
What pride it inspires to think that cities like Nashville, Sacramento, Pigeon Forge and Oakland are listed together with places like Guyana, Haiti and El Salvador as scheduled sites for RAM expeditions!
Thank God for Stan Brock and those hundreds of volunteers who take relief to those places where it is, indeed, most needed—places like cities and towns all over America.