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Support Groups

The IMF is often asked by patients if we know of support groups in their areas where they can meet others dealing with myeloma. There is a worldwide network of more than 150 myeloma support groups that hold regular meetings for members of the myeloma community.

Although the IMF does not sponsor these groups, we support their efforts and conduct annual summits for myeloma support group leaders. We encourage you to seek them out. Use the menu below for a list of the groups that we are aware of in your area.

United States : Maryland

Dover (Multiple listing, see Delaware and Virginia)
The Delaware Multiple Myeloma Information and Networking Group met for the first time in January 2011 at Eden Hill Medical Center in Dover. The group meets six times a year on Saturdays from 1:30 -- 3:30p.m. Dates for upcoming year published in the Fall. Please contact us for our annual calendar. The Delaware Myeloma Group, meets in two venues: Eden Hill Medical Center, Dover, and, as of 2016, also at Lavender Fields at Warington Manor, Milton, Delaware. We serve the Delaware Penninsula and shore communities. For more information and calendar, please contact Josephine Diagonale at 302-233-8229 | mmsupportde@comcast.net; or Sue Iwahashi at 302-569-2775 | myelomaemailsue@gmail.com; or visit the group website http://dover.support.myeloma.org/
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Easton (Duplicate listing, see Delaware)
The Chesapeake Multiple Myeloma Network, founded in February, 2012, meets quarterly (May, August, November, February) on the 1st Saturday from 4:00 - 5:30 PM at Eastern Shore Conservation Center, Large Conference Room, 114 S. Washington Street, Easton, MD 21601. For more information, please contact Robert Kelly at 410-226-5345 or by E-mail at Chesapeake@imfsupport.org. Visit the group website at www.chesapeake.support.myeloma.org
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Fairfax, VA/ Wash. D.C. (Multiple listing, see Virginia and District of Columbia)
This group, founded in 1995, meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 8411 Pennell Street, Fairfax, VA 22031 (off the Beltway at Rt. 50).  For more information, please contact Drucilla Brethwaite, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Oncology Counselor, Life with Cancer at 703-698-2538, or by E-mail at drucilla.brethwaite@inova.org; or visit the Center’s website at www.lifewithcancer.org.
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Washington, D.C.(Multiple listing, see Delaware and Virginia)
The Washington D.C. Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 6:30 PM at GW, Medical Faculty Associates, Cancer Center,  2150 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 1-100, Washington, D.C. 20037. Dinner is provided and parking will be validated. For more information, please contact Jennifer Bires, LICSW, OSW-C, Program Coordinator, at 202-741-2218, or by E-mail at jbires@mfa.gwu.edu Visit the group website at http://washingtondc.support.myeloma.org.
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