Free medical, dental care event comes to East Knoxville

Free medical, dental care event comes to East Knoxville

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By WHITNEY HOLMES
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Remote Area Medical, a program that provides free medical, dental and vision care, is coming to East Knoxville Saturday and people are already getting in line.

People who pick a number for the event must stay overnight Friday in the parking lot. The doors open Saturday at 6:00 a.m. and the event runs through the weekend.

An army of volunteers began stacking glasses and setting up dental chairs Friday, getting ready to serve more than 1,000 people.

One of the volunteers offering care in Knoxville is Dr. Tom Kim. This is his third Remote Area Medical (RAM) event and he expects to see the same problems caused by the some of the same lifestyle choices.

"They need to eat less, smoke less, walk," Dr. Kim says.

On Saturday, he'll work 12 hours straight, but he says he won't be tired or proud. He feels he's repaying a debt of gratitude he owes to America.

Doctors from all over the country are joining Dr. Kim to help on Saturday. He says he wishes more local doctors would help people in need in their own backyards.

Remote Area Medical holds its next event at Pigeon Forge High School on March 14 and 15.

RAM travels around the world, but a lot of its work in the U.S. is done in Tennessee. That's because many other states don't recognize out-of-state medical licenses. But Tennessee allows out-of-state doctors to volunteer here.

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