SWFL Free Pain Clinic raises more than $20,000 for services
FORT MYERS, Fla. – June 1, 2017– The SWFL Free Pain Clinic, the only free pain clinic in Florida for low-income individuals, raised more than $20,000 at its inaugural fundraising event on May 25th. “Heal the Hurt” had more than 120 people in attendance, and featured a live and silent auction, dinner and testimonials from patients of the clinic.
Alan Gruning, DO, clinic founder and medical director, shared a heartfelt story about his vision from God telling him to start a free pain clinic for people in need.
“It was not my idea to start a free pain clinic. No one had ever done that before,” Gruning shared. “The Lord told me to do it and has opened every door to make it reality and sustain it for almost 7 years. Now, He wants it to grow into a full time clinic to provide healing to more of those in pain in SW Florida, expanding to other communities, touching more lives and giving more people hope.”
Tim Deaton, longtime patient of the clinic, was in attendance and also shared his emotional story of healing after being hit by an automobile in 2012. “Just last week, I mowed the lawn for the first time in 5 years,” shared Deaton.
The SW Florida Free Pain Clinic was established to provide healing for individuals with chronic and acute pain, without the use of controlled drugs, and with the added unique aspect of prayer and counseling. The clinic takes a holistic approach to healing, and utilizes chiropractic care, massage therapy, modalities, and exercise training to alleviate pain at the source, and begin an effective healing process for individuals without the ability to pay.
The clinic utilizes more than 50 ongoing volunteers, including medical professionals who donate time and resources for the benefit of the patients. It is the only one of its kind in Florida, and has been successful in keeping patients out of the emergency room, and off of drugs. Successful treatment helps patients get back to work, and helps them better care for themselves and their families.
The “Heal the Hurt” dinner and auction marked the launch of fundraising efforts to expand services. Currently, The SWFL Free Pain Clinic operates Tuesday evenings, 5:30- 9 p.m. at the Fort Myers First Church of The Nazarene. Plans to expand to an additional day per week will cost $100,000 per year, and be funded through grants and community donations. Individuals interested in learning more about the SW Florida Free Pain Clinic can visit www.christianmedicalministries.org, or call Michelle Martin, clinic director at 239.308.7107.
Event sponsors included Apothicare 360 Pharmacy, Pittman Law Firm, The Vaccaro Law Firm, Woodsmoke Camping Resort, Allstate Cathy Sink Agency, Busey Bank, International Center for Health and Wellness, LLC, MEHTA Communications, North Fort Myers Church of the Nazarene, PJ Scheiner of Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, San Carlos Chiropractic, Cadillac Quality Vending, Cole’s Air Diagnostics, Collier Creative, Edison National Bank, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., Grace Medical and Chiropractic,
Janet Moore at Lykes Insurance, Ross J. Martin, CLU – Ameriprise Financial, Swaney Insurance Agency, The Wow Factor, Duane and Elaine Schafer.
The SWFL Free Pain Clinic is a ministry of Christian Medical Ministries, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2010 to provide high quality holistic medical care at no charge to those without the ability to pay, with attention to the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of health and healing. The clinic serves more than 25 patients weekly, with more than 50 regular volunteers. Hours of operation are Tuesday from 5:30- 9 .m. at Fort Myers First Church of the Nazarene. For more information, visit www.christianmedicalministries.org, or call 239-308-7107.