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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.

Canada : Ontario


The Hamilton Regional Multiple Myeloma Support Group (www.hamilton.myeloma.org) meets on the second Saturday in the months of January, March, May, July, September and November. Our meetings are from 1:00 pm -3:30 pm. at:
Linden Park Community Church
484 East 16th Street
Hamilton, ON

Calendar of Meetings:

  • March13th--Janice Gumbley Topic-community resources outside of the home.
  • May 8th--Dr. R.Foley Topic -Ash annual meeting.
  • July10th--Patient panel.
  • September11th--To be announced.
  • November 13th--Dr. Walker-- Topic to be announced.
  • January8th 2011--Our new year celebration pot luck.

For more information, please contact:
Lori Borsos : (905) 388-8945; borsos85@hotmail.com
Marnie Neal : (905) 561-7259; mwneal@live.ca

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London and District

We provide

  • information about Myeloma including available treatment options
  • opportunities for Myeloma patients and caregivers to share personal experiences and information
  • help to patients and caregivers so they can become better advocates of their own healthcare

For more information, please contact:
Ev McDowell : (519) 641-2766; ev@myelomalondon.ca   
Nancy McIntosh : (519) 666-2205; nancy@myelomalondon.ca  
Website: www.myelomalondon.ca

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The Multiple Myeloma Support Group of Ottawa is a patient-managed and patient-centered group that provides information to newly diagnosed patients as well as a circle of mutual support from those who are further along in their journey with myeloma.  From patients, caregivers, family and friends we learn how to live with this disease.

The purpose of the group is to break isolation, provide mutual support and share information.

The support group meets between 6 and 8 p.m. at

The Alta Vista Manor
751 Peter Morand Cres.
(near the General Campus of The Ottawa Hospital)

Buses No. 106 and 16 stop near the Manor, and at the Hospital. For those who drive, parking is free

For further information please contact:
Elie: emoussalli@rogers.com
David: davidweirBH@live.com
Irene: podgorskis@yahoo.com

Sault Ste Marie & Area

Meets the first Sunday of every month from 2:00 - 4:00 pm with the summer off. Meetings will resume in October. This group meets at Rome's Independent Grocers (upstairs), 44 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada. For more information please contact Bev at 705-779-3323 evenings or via email Bev.Wierzbicki@saultcollege.ca.

Toronto and District

The Toronto & District Multiple Myeloma Support Group is composed of multiple myeloma survivors and their primary caregivers and grew out of a need for information and mutual support in dealing with this unusual disease. We have members from across the Greater Toronto area. We invite you to join us as we share support, comfort, information and friendship.
The purpose of the group is to explore and discuss the wide range of treatment options and to give myeloma survivors and their loved ones the support and information they need to live longer, stronger lives. In recent years there have been improvements in treatments. We have guest speakers to help educate and increase understanding of topics such as clinical trials, new treatments and coping strategies.

In 2012, the group meets from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm on the following dates:
February 4th
April 14th
June 2nd
August 4th
October 6th
December 1st

The meeting location is the Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, North York, Ontario. Please enter the church by the north door.

How to Get There:

Driving: Take the Don Valley Parkway (north or south,) exit east on Lawrence Ave. East. Turn north (left) at the first intersection, which is Underhill Drive and continue north two blocks to the church on the left hand side. There is ample free parking available.
Public Transportation: Take the Lawrence Ave. East bus (Route #54) from the Yonge and Eglinton subway station. Exit the bus at Underhill Drive and walk two blocks north to the church. Or take the Woodbine 91C bus from the Woodbine Station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. This bus goes up Underhill Drive past the church.

Each Meeting has a three part agenda.
• First, there is usually a guest speaker invited to address different aspects of care and treatment options and answer questions from the group.
• Second, we have a brief break with refreshments and informal networking.
• Third, Time permitting, we continue with a discussion group and cover topics of individual interest.
Educational material on myeloma and treatment options, group newsletters and DVD’s are available at each meeting for attendees.

For more information contact:
Don Hunter (416) 759-6348; donaldrhunter@sympatico.ca  
Mike Kacsor (416) 260-1915; kacsor.patkau@sympatico.ca  
Paul Stirling (416) 463-5887; paul.stirling@sympatico.ca  

Please visit the Toronto & District Multiple Myeloma Support Group website: www.myelomatoronto.ca

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