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Man in Need of Help Learns "Something Can be Done About It" in Downtown Clearwater

Man suffering from accident pain for 30 years learns simple tools to help himself and others.

Clearwater, FL, February 11, 2017 --( “I never thought I’d ever have life without pain. I broke my back as a kid, then I busted up my leg and foot real bad. I’ve been pretty much in pain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” said Mark Ruff, who migrated to Clearwater 1 1/2 years ago. Mark walked into the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Center in downtown Clearwater asking to learn more about Scientology and what he got were answers, assistance and tools to deal with a 30 year debilitating injury.

Originally from Maine, Mark was in the landscaping business and had three thriving companies with more and more companies asking for the special touch that he gave to his jobs.

Things were going pretty well, and he was keeping up with it all until a car accident in 1987 which changed everything. His foot and leg were crushed and his back which already had several vertebrae fractured, was further injured.

Mark received extensive medical treatment including five surgeries which fused his leg and ankle leaving it without feeling and his foot at an unnatural angle. For close to a year and a half Mark’s leg was in a cast up to his waist. He was in constant pain which only subsided with heavily addictive opioid pain killers. At times, even that didn’t work resulting in pain so bad it would keep him awake at night.

Once the cast was off, Mark had to teach himself how to walk. Regardless of the constant pain that it gave him, he was determined to walk again no matter what it took.

“Recently, when I moved down to Clearwater I saw the Scientology Information Center and I was curious how to get more involved and learn about Scientology,” Mark said. “Amber, the Manager of the Center was very tolerant and answered all my questions. She referred me to the Volunteer Ministers Center just down the street. One of the free courses I did was the ‘Assists for Illness and Injuries Course’ where I learned to deliver assists and sometime later, I was offered an assist myself. Man that helped me a lot! Now I can stand up without pain. It’s quite amazing how much better I feel.”

An "assist" is one of 19 tools based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard covered in the book called, “The Scientology Handbook.”

In the chapter, “Assists for Illness and Injury” anyone can learn to help a person speed their recovery after standard first aid and medical treatment have been administered.

Formed in 1976, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers’ (VMs) motto is, “Something Can be Done about it.”

The Scientology Handbook also includes tools which provide life skills for improving one’s marriage, having happy children, how to resolve learning difficulties, relieving stress at work, how to achieve one’s goals and more. These courses are of no cost and are available to anyone, of any faith and are delivered at the Scientology Volunteers Ministers center at 101 N. Fort Harrison in Downtown Clearwater.

“In addition to the assists course, we also hold a more in depth ‘Assists’ seminar every Tuesday at 7:45pm which. has drawn people of all ages. It helps them to become more proficient in delivering all types of assists and are easy to learn. I highly recommend it,” said Ms. Glendy Goodsell, Executive Director for the Tampa Bay Scientology Volunteer Ministers.

To learn more about the Scientology Volunteer Ministers please visit or contact Glendy Goodsell at (727) 467-6965 or email

To find out more about Scientology please contact Amber Skjelset, the Scientology Information Center Manager at (727) 467-6966, or visit

About the Church of Scientology:

The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 nations. Scientologists are optimistic about life and believe there is hope for a saner world and better civilization, and actively do all they can to help achieve this. Based on L. Ron Hubbard’s words, “A community that pulls together can make a better society for all.”
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