August 30, 2010

RAM founder Stan Brock to receive Inamori Ethics Prize, speak Wednesday

The Inamoi Ethics Prize medal.

Thousands of people from Los Angeles to the rainforests of South America have received free medical care through the work of humanitarian Stan Brock, the founder of Remote Area Medical (RAM). The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University will honor Brock with the 2010 Inamori Ethics Prize during a free, public ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave.

After receiving the honor, Brock will deliver the keynote address, All the Cowboys Were Indians: The Story of Where RAM Began. 

The celebration then continues with an academic symposium at 3 p.m. in the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, Crawford Hall, Ground Level, 10900 Euclid Ave.  The public is invited, but seating is limited.

“It’s very easy to become overwhelmed by all the suffering in the world and feel like there’s nothing you can do to help,” stated Shannon French, the executive director of the Inamori Center. “Stan Brock’s story teaches us that if we are willing to tackle just one problem with passion and persistence, we can make a real difference.  The work of RAM has improved and even saved thousands of lives and touched countless hearts.”

For 25 years, Brock has delivered free medical care by assembling teams of volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists and other health care professionals to provide free medical services anywhere they are needed.

The native of Great Britain and former host of the popular NBC television series Wild Kingdom, Brock’s experiences living and working as a cowboy and a bush pilot in the central Amazon basin of Guyana inspired him to create RAM. There and during his travels with the nature show, Brock saw firsthand how people suffer and how their lives are endangered without accessible medical services.

Over the years, Brock realized just as people in developing countries often have to travel hours or days to see a doctor, similar circumstances exist for people in remote areas of the United States. And even in urban centers, Americans without insurance might as well be miles from medical services.

In 1992, Brock began to focus RAM efforts in the United States, where the organization now provides 64 percent of its services. But U.S. laws, which prohibit health care professionals from practicing across state lines, hampered Brock’s early outreach.

RAM has headquarters near Brock’s home in Tennessee, where, with his influence, the aptly titled Volunteer State has changed its laws to make it possible for many medical volunteers to legally serve beyond state lines. Brock continues efforts to affect laws across the country.

Learn more about Brock’s work during the award ceremony. To reserve tickets, call the Severance Hall box office at 216.231.1111.  For information, go online.

Posted by: David Wilson, August 30, 2010 09:17 AM | News Topics:

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