A stranger like Stan Brock, it is difficult to find a second one in the world.
The 74-year-old British man is an absolute poorest person: no income, no deposits, no cars, no houses, no wives and children, no hobbies. He has lived in the United States for decades, but he does not even have a US passport.
He lives in an abandoned schoolhouse rented for $1 and sleeps on the floor—just a mat, and the food is basically vegetarian—“Oatmeal is oatmeal and fruit, dinner eats rice and beans”, he is on the phone. Speaking of it. He took a bath in the yard with a rubber hose that was watering the lawn. He still showered in the winter, but changed it indoors. His only companion is a stray dog that was taken in by him 12 years ago and is now blind. The dog food is the same as what he ate.
The “Remote Medical Volunteer Group” (abbreviated “RAM”), founded by Brock, has provided free medical services to hundreds of thousands of poor people in more than 10 countries around the world, more than 60% of which are in the United States. Bullock called the centralized free medical treatment conducted by RAM “expedition” because every time a large team of people is required to be dispatched – a team carrying a large number of volunteer doctors and medical equipment, and often the aircraft (mostly driven by him).
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At 5 am on the end of winter, Knoxville, the eastern city of Tennessee, the outdoor sky is dark. Although there was no wind and snow at this time, the temperature of minus two or three degrees Celsius was still cold. The parking lot of a large local exhibition center is full of vehicles, almost all of them are sitting inside, and most of them are a few, many people have waited until last night. The reason they came is the same: I heard that you can see a doctor for free.
Margaret Wals from Tennessee set off at 3 o’clock and arrived around 4 o’clock. Marty Tan Kosley arrived from Georgia State, more than 300 kilometers away, and arrived last night. He and his wife sat in the front seat and drove the engine to warm up; the daughter slept in the back row. The truck driver had a dental attack for several weeks and he couldn’t stand it.
Each queueer received a small yellow number of papers and waited for the temporary clinic to open the door. In the large exhibition hall, the lights were lit all night, and dozens of volunteers have been busy: setting up a row of white workbench, a sheet of dental and ophthalmic seats; spreading a box of medical equipment on the table; installing various medical treatments device.
At 6 o’clock, Brock, wearing a black leather jacket and a taupe, opened the big iron gate of the exhibition center and began to let people in. In the hall, 276 volunteer doctors from 11 states began to meet the first patients.
Tan Kosley finally pulled out his teeth. The doctor learned that he had had two heart attacks and had had heart surgery a few years ago, but has not followed up since then. Although the company bought him medical insurance, but the deductible is up to 500 US dollars, and does not cover dental treatment. This time the whole family had a medical examination, and the wife also had breast X-rays and glasses.
Two days after the weekend, RAM saw a total of 920 patients, equipped with 500 pairs of glasses, made 94 breast fluoroscopy, removed 1066 teeth, and made 567 dental fillings. Unfortunately, there are also 400 people who can only be rejected because the quota is full.
These are some of the most influential television news magazines in the United States – CBS “60 Minutes” in-depth coverage of Brock and RAM. After the program was broadcast on March 2, 2008, it caused a sensation in the United States and the West.
”If you use Google’s full name search for RAM, you will find a lot of newspaper articles, videos, etc. I searched for others a few weeks ago and found more than 100,000 links.” Brock told reporters, ” After 60 minutes of reporting, foreign media are also very interested in what RAM does: German media has come more than 10 times, French media has more times, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan, Australia, Finland, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, The media in Canada and other countries have also come, and the Japanese media will come back at the end of this month.”
The number of donations has also increased significantly. The annual budget for RAM has expanded from the original $250,000 to nearly $2 million in 2009. “Before we were financially struggling, we knew that only the poor were doing what RAM was doing. Since the 60 minutes, the public has been collecting $10 and $20 in donations. Now our situation is improving a lot.” Say.
From Amazon white cowboy to TV star
Brock was born in Preston, Lancashire, in the north of England in 1936. He grew up with his father who was in the government. During World War II, they lived in the south of England, where they were bombed.
Later his father was sent to work in British Guiana and his mother went with him. When he was in high school, Brock got a free ticket to visit his parents during the summer vacation. “So I will never return. I went to the Amazon because I wanted to escape from school.” He smiled. Tell the reporter.
At the junction of Brazil and Guyana in northern South America, the 16-year-old Bullock became a cowboy, and the other cowboys were Vapisana Indians. There he stayed for 15 years and formed a lifestyle in the future; “My growth process is very difficult. I may only have one meal a day, but everyone is very healthy, unless there is some kind of accident or infection with malaria. “”
One day, the accident came to him: when he tamed a wild horse, he was hit by a fence and fell to the ground. At this time an Indian companion told him that the doctor closest to them had to walk for 26 days. In the end, he survived the accident, but from then on, he had an idea: to allow the poor in remote areas to see the doctor for free.
This wish has not been realized immediately. In the 1960s and 1970s, Brock changed his career into the entertainment industry and became the host of the American animal series TV show “The Wild Kingdom”. He was considered the first “crocodile hunter” and also made several movies and moved to it. The United States, got the US green card.
”When I was in the Wild Kingdom in the United States, I used to think of Sichuan, China. I took a photo of the Wolong Giant Panda Sanctuary. I have been dealing with the Chinese authorities for a long time by mail, and I finally failed to raise enough funds. He also told reporters, “I also often write articles about animals in Reader’s Digest. Once they submitted me a manuscript, I told them: Do you know? Nixon is going to visit China, I bet Chinese people. The panda will be sent to him because it can represent China and has no political connotation.” Reader’s Digest then asked him to write an article about giant pandas. The final facts prove that he really guessed.
In 1985, Brock finally founded RAM. Initially they visited the poor in Guyana. In 1992, the headquarters moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, but there is still a permanent agency in Guyana and a small plane.
So far, RAM has been practiced in more than 10 states in the United States, such as South and North Dakota, Virginia, and Kentucky. “We had to go to Washington, DC, but we couldn’t agree with the local government on the practice of doctors in the state. So we had to cancel.” Their expedition destinations include Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Kenya, and Tanzania. , India and other countries.
”We don’t ask any questions about patients”
When interviewed by reporters, the number of expeditions of RAM was exactly 600, and it took 12 times in the first three months of this year. The last time was on March 21st in a small town not far from Knoxville, treating about 800 people. Due to the small local population, every patient seeking treatment received a reception.
”Usually we have to reject a lot of people. In Los Angeles last August, we rejected thousands of people because the number of people coming is too large. It treated a total of 6334 people. This month’s 601st expedition will go to Los Angeles. It is expected that there will be more people in this consultation,” Brock said.
The average number of people who treated RAM in the two days of the weekend was about 1,000. They only go to the place where they are invited, on a first come, first served basis. The expedition is now scheduled for 2012 and will be full year after year. They do not make any selections for patients, and they only receive them in the order they come first. “We don’t ask any questions, don’t ask how much they earn, etc. This is the best way. If you want to decide who needs the most medical treatment, it is impossible to treat thousands of people like us.” Brock pointed out .
Doctor volunteers also come to the door by themselves – through the RAM website or on the phone; “We receive calls from doctors who want to be volunteers every day.” These doctors do not receive remuneration, travel expenses are also conceited, but equipment and equipment usually do not need They are provided, mostly purchased by RAM with donations. However, according to the Sunday Times, a pulmonary surgeon deliberately went to the large truck driver’s license to drive an 18-wheeler truck carrying his mobile clinic and a dedicated X-ray machine to participate in the expedition.
According to Brock, RAM will spend more than 90% of its fundraising directly on project services; he is not very clear about the specific figures, because he does not care about the accounts. The number of paid employees has not been in the past, but about 12 years ago, he began to realize that due to the large-scale expansion of RAM, the work of accounting is becoming more and more complicated, and people need to go to work every Friday and complete the call. Reply to mail, bookkeeping, filing, etc. Otherwise, although there are many volunteers, most of them are coming when they want to come.
So he set up another organization: “Remote Regional Medical Foundation”, responsible for all fundraising and administrative work; about 10 employees, including executive director, accountant, aviation mechanic, one, three office girls, etc. “This is a small number relative to the scale of our operations”). The “Remote Medical Volunteer Group” specializes in field work and the staff are volunteers. The heads of both agencies are Brock.
The RAM has a total of five aircraft, the largest of which is the Douglas C-47 transport aircraft. It was used by the US military for the Normandy landing, but Brock told reporters that it is still safe to fly now – he is also the chief pilot and chief flight instructor of RAM.
In addition to RAM work, in order to ensure flight safety, he must keep abreast of the latest rules and operating procedures, and train other pilots. “I don’t have any hobbies, work is my hobby. I don’t have time to engage in hobbies, but it’s not a problem. This kind of volunteer work is very diverse, you will be very busy, and the day will be very fulfilling. In fact, every day is still Not enough.” Brock told reporters.