Chattanooga, TN. Sept. 6, 2005
The REMOTE AREA MEDICAL KATRINA DISASTER CARE LIFT was launched Sunday morning, September 4, when R.A.M director, Stan Brock, along with co-pilot, Jim Massengill, took off for Baton Rouge , LA , in the organization’s historic DC3. The aircraft’s 3000-pound payload consisted of medicine, water and a variety of supplies from diapers to generators. Several R.A.M volunteers are already at work in the region and two teams of medical providers also departed on Sept. 4. Sixteen of them were transported on a Beech 1900 provided by Dow Chemical Company in Baton Rouge, and a group of 8 boarded Knoxville’s Diversified Energy’s company aircraft piloted by David Brown. RAM expects to be providing relief services, possibly including transportation of refugees, for several weeks.
RAM has been part of the SPEED channel family through its ties with Chili Pepper Racing and the SPEED World Challenge GT and Touring Car Series since 2002. RAM’s motorcycle brigade providing free medical care to rural areas of the United States has been show cased on “Two Wheel Tuesday”. Through it’s association with Chili Pepper Racing, RAM is an associate sponsor of “Sports Car Revolution”
Remote Area Medical® (RAM) Volunteer Corps is a non-profit, volunteer, airborne relief corps dedicated to serving mankind by providing free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services, and technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and the world.
The need to get medical care to people in inaccessible regions was one which founder Stan Brock knew all too well while living 15 years with the Wapishana Indians in the Amazon rain forest. When he left South America to do the Wild Kingdom television series, he found medically helpless populations throughout the world. His deep desire to find a way to take health care to people who had none was the seed of RAM.
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