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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 : North Carolina

Charlotte
The Sandy Hirsch Charlotte Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in December, 2010, meets on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Carmel Presbyterian Church, 2048 Carmel Road, Ligon Building, Charlotte, NC 28226.  For more information, please contact David Hirsch at 704-302-7020 or by E-mail at dwhirsch@gmail.com.
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Charlotte West
The Historic West Charlotte Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded August 2013, meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM at the Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2600 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216. For more information, please contact James Turner at 704-375-0276 or by E-mail at jturner19@bellsouth.net.

East Spencer
The Rowan/East Spencer/Salisbury Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in August, 2014, meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM at Shady Grove Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall (next to Boral Brick Yard), 600 S. Long Street, East Spencer, NC. For more information, please contact Barbara Barbour at 704-762-9723 or by E-mail at bpastorb@aol.com

Hickory
The Hickory NC Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group is in the process of forming. Two meetings will be held in 2014: August 14 and December 11. The meetings will be held at Frye Cancer Support Center, 328 North Center Street, Hickory, NC 28601. Light refreshments will be served. For more information please contact, Ron Valentini at 828-256-1888 or 828-455-5837 or by E-mail at patron@gmail.com; or Melissa L. Teague, LCSW at 828-315-5092 or by E-mail at melissa.teague@tenethealth.com. To register for group, please call (828) 315-3391.

Raleigh-Durham
This Multiple Myeloma/Blood Cancer group meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM at Duke Hospital, Morris Cancer Center, 200 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710.  For more information, please contact Patrick Plumeri, Group Facilitator, at 919-684-4497 or by E-mail at Patrick.plumeri@duke.edu.

Triangle Area
The Triangle Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in March, 2014, meets on the 4th Saturday of each month (December TBD) from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707. For more information, please contact Carol Cunningham at 919-308-3255, or by E-mail at ccunningham@fmrealty.com.