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Fri Aug 31, 2018, 03:51 AM

Stan Brock (1936 - 2018) Remember "Wild Kingdom"?

Stan Brock, the founder of Remote Area Medical, a major non-profit organization that provides mobile medical clinics, has passed away.

Officials with the organization said that Brock passed away on Wednesday afternoon at RAM headquarters in Rockford at the age of 82.

His office released the following statement, "It is with great sadness that Remote Area Medical announces the passing of our Founder and President, Stan Brock. Without Mr. Brock, RAM would not have been able to prevent pain and alleviate suffering for so many people."

Brock was a television star, who began co-hosting Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom in 1968. In 1985 he founded Remote Area Medical to provide health care to those who need it. The organization holds clinics across the U.S., treating thousands for free. He served, without compensation, as RAM’s Founder and President.

"It's a great arrangement between those that need the help and those that are willing to give the help," Brock said. "And it's totally free at no cost to the government, no cost to the taxpayer."

The idea came to Brock in 1953, following a terrible horse-related injury while living among the Wapishana Indians. The nearest medical care was 26 days away. That's when he vowed to bring care closer to people who really needed it.

RAM relies on 120,000 volunteers, and has treated close to 1 million people, providing $120 million in free medical care.

Mr. Brock was recognized as a CNN Hero in 2012. In 2017.....His work has been featured by CBS 60 Minutes, NBC Nightline, New York Times, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, The Guardian, and The Times of London.

Stan Brock was born in Preston, Lancashire, England. He eventually went on to manage the world’s largest cattle ranch, a 4,000-square mile combination of rainforest and savannah in British Guiana.


Hubby and i have a physician friend in Knoxville who traveled with Stan to Mexcio and Central American in the 90's.

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Fri Aug 31, 2018, 03:53 AM

1. Remembering Stan Brock

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Fri Aug 31, 2018, 06:09 AM

2. Stan Brock was real hero to many, many people. His Remote Area Medical program

gave free, quality medical, dental, optometrical and veterinary assistance to so many people in rural or under-served areas of the US and other countries in N. America.

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Fri Aug 31, 2018, 11:30 AM

3. Obituaries: Stan Brock, Amazon adventurer who became a health-care crusader, dies at 82


Stan Brock, Amazon adventurer who became a health-care crusader, dies at 82

By Harrison Smith
August 30 at 7:09 PM

In the rain forest and savanna of British Guiana, an accident could mean death. When Stan Brock was thrown against the side of a corral, severely injured while training a wild horse, the British-born teenager was told it would take 26 days to reach the closest doctor. It would have been easier, he later observed, for a wounded Apollo astronaut to make the three-day trip home from the moon. ... Mr. Brock remained in the wilderness, convalescing among the Wapishana Indians who taught him how to herd cattle and ride barefoot. But he also began to nurture an abiding interest in health care for secluded and underserved populations, and three decades later — in 1985 — established Remote Area Medical.

The nonprofit was intended to hold free clinics in the developing world, but soon after it started, Mr. Brock had a revelation: “There were people like the Wapishanas, who were 26 days on foot from the nearest doctor, in a place like Chicago, where there was a doctor just around the corner but they simply couldn’t afford to go there.”

Mr. Brock was 82 when he died Aug. 29 at RAM’s headquarters in Rockford, Tenn., where he slept on a grass mat next to his desk and oversaw an organization that has treated more than 740,000 people and delivered an estimated $120 million of free medical services, primarily in the United States.

At one typical clinic last year, at a fairground in Wise, Va., 1,400 volunteers treated 2,300 patients, some of whom camped out for three days to make sure they received treatment. One man needed 18 teeth pulled. Another needed help applying for a kidney transplant. Nearly all of them were part of the estimated 12.2 percent of Americans without health insurance.

Harrison Smith is a reporter on The Washington Post's obituaries desk. Since joining the obituaries section in 2015, he has profiled big-game hunters, fallen dictators and Olympic champions. He sometimes covers the living as well, and previously co-founded the South Side Weekly, a community newspaper in Chicago. Follow https://twitter.com/harrisondsmith

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Fri Aug 31, 2018, 12:02 PM

4. Stan was TOTALLY devoted to helping people. 🙏

From an '09 article in The Independent,

"...has (had) no money, no income, and no bank account. He spends 365 days a year at the charity events, sleeping on a small rolled-up mat on the floor and living on a diet made up entirely of porridge and fresh fruit."


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