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4/21/04 - Near Lindale

Woman First in Line for Free Health Care

This weekend, an army of volunteers, doctors, and dentists will perform medical miracles for hundreds of people in need of care. The Mission of Mercy happens in less than two days at Youth With a Mission near Lindale. However, one Tyler woman is already in line and has been there since 2 o'clock this afternoon.

Joyce Klinner got turned away two years ago because there were simply too many people waiting for free medical, dental, and eye care. So, she made sure she'd be the first person in line this year.

"I just really need dental work," she said. "And I don't have, I've never had dental insurance. And the last time I went to the dentist was nine years ago. My husband and I acquired a grandchild to raise, and everything's for her."

Klinner is prepared with food, drinks, and her own port-o-potty. She says she'll be reading and listening to music while she waits.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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