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14th Anniversary Ribbon of Hope Gala Honorees:


The Los Angeles MM Support Group

The LA Multiple Myeloma Support Group had modest beginnings in 1998, with several couples meeting at a private home. It has grown into one of the country's largest and most active groups. The Los Angeles MM Support Group has the distinct advantage and great fortune of being in close proximity to the worldwide headquarters for the International Myeloma Foundation and it is one of the IMF's most important partners in the battle against myeloma.

The first leader of the group was Janet Johnson, whose husband, Art, was diagnosed with myeloma in 1997. Through Janet's energies and leadership, the group has grown to over 200 members who gather the third Saturday of each month at The Joslyn Center in the community of El Segundo, just south of LAX.

Guest speakers regularly bring education and information first hand to the group. Doctors, pharmaceutical representatives, and motivational speakers make presentation and answer questions from a group that prides itself on getting the latest and most up to date information available. In the past year speakers have included, in addition to Dr. Brian Durie and Susie Novis, Leslie Laudeman, OCN, who spoke on Velcade; Dr. Robert Audell, who about Kyphoplasty; and myeloma specialist Dr. Robert Vescio from Cedars-Sinai.

Janet resigned in September, 2003, and over 100 people joined Dr. Durie and Susie who attended the luncheon given in her honor as a farewell and thank you celebration.

Jackie Schwartz now leads the group with her own personality emerging as a dynamic leader of a truly remarkable group. There are many people who assist Jackie. Consistent helpers are Sheila Wilson, Mike Conti, Nancy Sorrenti, Tom Schauer, and Ralph and Barb Winter.

The charter of this group, in the months and years ahead, is to assist their members and friends who continue their battle against multiple myeloma.

For more information regarding the Los Angeles MM Support Group, please contact Sheila Wilson at 323-876-1288 or SheilaPWilson@aol.com.

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