(Close Window)
Topic: Another real hero
Message: Posted by: balducci (Aug 15, 2009 01:37PM)
I didn't want to detract from the other hero thread by mentioning this there ... (but if someone else wants to nominate their own heroes in this thread, go for it).

Health care has been in the news lately, and Stan Brock has been mentioned in quite a few tv spots and news stories over the last week for his good works:

"Remote Area Medical was founded by an Englishman: Stan Brock. The 72-year-old former public schoolboy, Taekwondo black belt, and one-time presenter of Wild Kingdom, one of America's most popular animal TV shows, left the celebrity gravy train in 1985 to, as he puts it, "make people better".

Today, Brock has 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. In some quarters, he has been described, without too much exaggeration, as a living saint."

The Remote Area Medical web site:


"The vision for Remote Area Medical® developed in the Amazon rain forest where founder Stan Brock spent 15 years with the Wapishana Indians. He lived with the pain and suffering created by isolation from medical care. He witnessed the near devastation of whole tribes by what would have been simple or minor illnesses to more advanced cultures. When he left South America to co-star in the television series, "Wild Kingdom," he vowed to find a way to deliver basic medical aid to people in the world's inaccessible regions.

The organization was founded in 1985 and years of research and planning yielded a vast, carefully developed network of men and women who have come together to make RAM a highly mobile, remarkably efficient relief force. Volunteers are doctors, nurses, technicians, and veterinarians who go on expeditions at their own expense and treat hundreds of patients a day under some of the worst conditions. "
Message: Posted by: Steve_Mollett (Aug 16, 2009 07:56AM)