Lion - June 2017

The Big Picture

2017-05-19 15:29:26

Alex Mau, a 5-year-old with autism, lounges in a swing at the Sensory Courtyard in Fremont, Nebraska. Hang Time Alex Mau, a 5-year-old with autism, lounges in a swing at the Sensory Courtyard in Fremont, Nebraska. See the photo essay about the Lions’ project on page 40. Photo by Matt Dixon Stan the Man Stan Brock gives the A-OK after a pre-flight check. Several decades ago Stan Brock was working at a cattle ranch in the middle of the Amazon rain forest when a horse kicked him in the head. The nearest doctor was 350 miles away. Fortunately, he recovered on his own. But he realized how vulnerable isolated people are and how tribes are devastated by easily treatable diseases. Determined to deliver basic medical care to people in hard-to-reach regions, Brock established the nonprofit Remote Area Medical in 1985. Since then, the all-volunteer group has held 850 mobile medical clinics worldwide, providing free health care to more than 680,000 people. RAM once focused on dispatching health expeditions to countries such as Guyana, India and Haiti but increasingly its work is in the United States. Patients typically seek eye care, and Lions often have helped staff the mobile clinics. For many rural Americans, beset by chronic health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, RAM has been a godsend. For his unstinting devotion to the underserved and his practical, rubber-meets-the road approach to health care, Brock, 81, will receive the 2016 Lions Clubs International Humanitarian Award at the centennial convention this summer in Chicago. He is accustomed to the spotlight. Beginning in the 1960s, he was co-host of TV’s “Wild Kingdom,” on which he famously wrestled giant anacondas and dodged charging elephants. Now he wrestles with helping the uninsured and underinsured avoid the pitfalls and quicksand of illness and disease. A daughter waits as her mother’s teeth are cleaned at a RAM medical clinic in Memphis, Tennessee. Blind in one eye, a man has his eyes examined before receiving a new pair of glasses at a RAM clinic. Extra Digital Content Watch an interesting video on Remote Area Medical and a brief ABC news report.

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