Hundreds gets medical help at RAM clinic at LMU

HARROGATE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Hundreds of people went to Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Saturday for free medical services.

RAM clinics offer people in rural areas access to dental, optical, and even veterinary care they normally cannot afford.

By early Saturday morning, hundreds from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia were packed into the Tex Turner Arena in hopes of getting the care they need.

"Cleaning and maybe some glasses, some eye care done," Rosemere Behrens, from Knoxville, said.

"I've got my blood work, so now I'm moving on to get my glasses," Morris Lefevers, from Middlesboro, said.

Anyone at the RAM clinic could have their teeth cleaned, a physical, an eye checkup, and a mammogram for free. Veterinarians even spayed and neutered pets.

"Saves me a lot of money," Lefevers said.

Daniel Fields never had his eyes checked before, but was now getting reading glasses for the first time.

"It's magnificent. When I was reading before, all the words would come together, but it's plain there and it stays there," Fields said.

However, the long wait did wear on some, especially those who drove in Friday night.

"You have to sleep in your car, and people are talking, so you don't really sleep," Behrens said.

However, she says the wait is well worth it.

"It's wonderful. If this wasn't out there, I don't know what I would do," Behrens said.

"It was worth it. I would go one these if it was 200 miles away," Fields said.

More than 600 people and 200 pets received the care they needed, and even more will be there on Sunday.

The RAM clinic continues Sunday in Harrogate at 6:00 a.m.

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