RAM volunteers prepare to treat thousands in New Orleans

Remote Area Medical volunteers prepare to treat thousands in New Orleans

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By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WATE) - Thursday was the calm before a different kind of storm from Hurricane Katrina at the Edna Pillsbury Clinic in New Orleans' inner city.

On the fifth anniversary of the hurricane that devastated the city, along with many other locations on the Gulf cost, 350 volunteers with Knoxville-based Remote Area Medical are preparing to provide three days of free medical care for a sea of Katrina survivors.

"Oh, that's great!" Levin Hunter said after hearing the news. "It means so much to have people still coming to help out."

Gary Conley says he's looking forward to a free dental checkup. "It just makes me feel good to know people care enough to still respond."

After volunteer John Weiss heard about Remote Area Medical in a news report, he decided to spend his retirement years helping restore vision for those still struggling from a triple smackdown: Katrina, the recession and the Gulf oil spill.

"So many people need glasses repaired and they're going without to help their kids," Weiss said.

From eyes to teeth to full checkups, the RAM volunteers are prepared to help 1,000 people a day through Sunday.

The Edna Pillsbury Health Clinic is at 2222 Simon Bolivar Avenue.

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