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University of the Cumberlands announces cancellation of RAM expedition

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. Officials at University of the Cumberlands today announced that the Whitley County Remote Area Medical® (RAM) expedition scheduled for August 7-8 on campus will not take place as planned. “RAM and the University appreciate the 150 health care professionals and 90 general volunteers who graciously offered their services for this important area event,” said Dr. James Taylor, Cumberlands’ president. “However, due to an insufficient number of volunteers in one health care service, it is not feasible to hold the event at this time.”

“This decision has been reached after lengthy consideration of the participants’ best interests,” said Dr. Anita Bowman, co-coordinator of the Cumberlands expedition. “Participants travel to these events, many from long distances, and often sleep overnight in their vehicles for the possible chance to receive free health care. Because this represents such effort on the part of participants, RAM and University of the Cumberlands feel obligated to the participants to see that as many as possible have a reasonable chance to receive care. At the time this decision was reached, it was determined that too few participants had a reasonable chance.”

University of the Cumberlands will continue to work with RAM and with health professionals to seek another opportunity to schedule a RAM expedition in this area. In the meantime, there are expeditions planned in the following locations for regional participants to consider:

• Wise, Va., at the Wise County Fairgrounds, July 23-25, 2010 • Unicoi County, Tenn., at Unicoi County High School, August 14-15, 2010 • Bradley County, Tenn., at Cleveland High School, September 25-26, 2010 • Grundy/Buchanan County, Va., at Riverview Elementary, October 2-3 2010 • Sullivan County, Tenn., at Bristol Motor Speedway, October 8-10 2010 • Signal Mountain, Tenn., at Sequatchie County High School, October 23-24, 2010

Founded in 1985, Remote Area Medical® is a publicly supported all-volunteer charitable organization. Volunteer doctors, nurses, pilots, veterinarians and support workers participate in expeditions (at their own expense) in some of the world's most exciting places. Medical supplies, medicines, facilities and vehicles are donated.