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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 : Florida

Boca Raton
The Boca Raton Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in November, 2011, meets on the 1st Monday of each month from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at James Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton, FL.  For more information, please contact Dawn Toimil at 561-901-5938, or by E-mail at dawn8992@yahoo.com; or Gail Young at 561-637-4682, or by Email at alghyoung@comcast.net; or visit the group website at bocaraton.support.myeloma.org.
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Brooksville
Nature Coast Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in September, 2010, meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at the Florida Cancer Specialists, 7154 Medical Center Dr., Spring Hill, FL 34608. For more information, please contact Paula Nemet at 508-728-8115, or Cindy Claytor at 352-544-7725. You can also visit their website at http://naturecoast.support.myeloma.org.
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Ft. Myers
Ft. Myers Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in February, 2010, meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM at Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908. For more information, please contact Joanie Borbely at 860-655-7107 or by E-mail at jborbely@myeloma.org. You can also visit our website at http://ftmyers.support.myeloma.org.
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Gainesville Area

The Gainesville Area Myeloma Support Group, founded in September, 2007, meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the North FL Regional Medical Center, Cancer Center Community Room, 6420 NW Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL 32604.  For more information, please contact Gale Smith, LCSW, at 352-214-6265 or by E-mail at galemsmith2000@yahoo.com.Visit the group website http://gainesville.support.myeloma.org/
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Hollywood
The Hollywood Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in November, 2012, meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Sylvester Cancer Center Hollywood, (BB&T Building), 3850 Hollywood Blvd, Fourth Floor, Hollywood, FL.  For more information, please contact Ronnie Maynard at 954-971-5549 or by E-mail at myelomabroward@yahoo.com. You can also visit our website at http://hollywood.support.myeloma.org.
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Jacksonville (North Florida)
The North Florida Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in December, 2007, meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6:00 – 8:30 PM at the Mayo Clinic, Cannaday Bldg., Room 1106, 4500 San Pablo Road (off J.T. Butler Blvd., SR 202), Jacksonville, FL.  For more information, please contact Dianna Chiles at 904-491-0007 or by E-mail at luvsuns@comcast.net or Anne Pacowta at 321-591-8702 or by E-mail at apacowta@myeloma.org.com; or visit the group website  www.support.northflorida.myeloma.org.
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Maitland

The Central Florida Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Asbury Methodist Church, 220 W. Horatio Ave. Maitland, FL.  For more information, please contact Ken Fabian at 407-928-2808 or by Email at kenfabian605@gmail.com; or Arlene McCutcheon RN, ONC at 407-415-1895 or by Email at pepemcc@gmail.com. You can also visit our website at http://maitland.support.myeloma.org.
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Melbourne
The Melbourne Florida Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in February, 2012, meets on the 3rd Monday of each month from 10:30AM – 12:30PM at One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera, FL 32940.  For more information, please contact Judy & Bill Towse at 321-255-1181 or Judy by E-mail at judithstowse@gmail.com or Bill by E-mail at wtowsejr@cfl.rr.com. You can also visit our website at http://melbourne.support.myeloma.org.
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Miami
The Miami Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in October 2002, meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month and the 3rd Wednesday in November and December from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at The Cancer Support Community, 8609 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL.  For more information, please contact Peggy Rios, PhD, Program Director for The Cancer Support Community Greater Miami at 305-668-5900 ext.225 or by E-mail at prios@cancersupportcommunitymiami.org; or Vivianna Cabrera Meneses, M.S., MFT at 786-766-2330 or by E-mail at vcmeneses13@gmail.com.

Naples
The Naples Multiple Myeloma Support group, founded in February, 2010, meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM in the North Naples Hospital, Brookdale Center, 11190 Health Park Blvd., Naples, FL 34110.  For more information, please contact Joanie Borbely at 860-655-7107 or by E-mail at jborbely@myeloma.org. You can also visit our website at http://naples.support.myeloma.org
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Ocala
The Ocala Stomping Out Myeloma Support Group, founded in October, 2014, meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 11:00 AM at Howard Academy, 306 NW 7th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34475.  For more information, please contact Tanjua Brown at 352-671-3060 or 352-497-4082, or by E-mail at tanjuamays@yahoo.com You can also visit our website at http://ocala.support.myeloma.org.
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Palm Beach Gardens
This group is currently on hiatus. For more information, please contact Anne Pacowta at 321-591-8702 or by Email at apacowta@myeloma.org.
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Palm Coast
The Palm Coast Multiple Myeloma Support Group, starting February 11, 2014, meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 3:30 - 5:00 PM at the Florida Hospital, Flagler Classroom D, 60 Memorial Medical Parkway, Palm Coast, FL 32164. For more information contact Arnold Levine at 386-503-0583 or by E-mail at amlevine2@cfl.rr.com. You can also visit our website at http://palmcoast.support.myeloma.org.
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Panama City
The Florida Panhandle Multiple Myeloma Support group, founded in January, 2013, meets on the 1st Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM at The Learning Center of the Diagnostic Building, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center,2024 State Avenue, Panama City, FL 32405. For more information, please contact Sheila Wilson at 850-773-1159 or by E-mail at sheilalegarewilson@gmail.com. or Elizabeth McShane at 850-974-6342 or by E-mail at Maude11@hotmail.com. or Jim Berrey at 850-769-7194 or by E-mail at jimber1446@gmail.com. You can also visit our website at http://panamacity.support.myeloma.org.
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Sarasota
The Sarasota Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1:30 – 3:00 PM at the Jewish Family & Children's Services, 1753 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. For more information, please contact Julie O’Brien at 941-929-9116 or by E-mail at at julieobee@verizon.net.

Tallahassee
The Tallahassee Florida Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in May, 2013, meets on the 4th Monday of each month (except August and December) from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Pool Clubhouse of the Westminster Oaks Campus, 1210 Commencement Cove (Pool House), Tallahassee, FL 32308. For more information, please contact Julia Pallentino, MSN, JD at 850-933-7274 or by E-mail at arnplaw@comcast.net. You can also visit our website at http://tallahassee.support.myeloma.org.
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Tampa - North
The North Tampa Florida Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in February, 2016, meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, at the Floortime Dance Studio, 6520 Yellowhammer Ave., Tampa, FL 33625. For more information, please contact Camille Wilson at 813-624-3872, or by E-mail at cam2dance@verizon.net.

Tampa/St. Petersburg
The Tampa Bay Multiple Myeloma Educational Group, founded  in March, 2007, meets on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM in Meeting Room 3 at the Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor, FL. For more information, please contact Jim Barth at 727-804-2153 (after 4:30 p.m.) and weekends or by E-mail at tampabaymyeloma@gmail.com; or visit the group website http://tampabay.support.myeloma.org.
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The Villages
The Villages Multiple Myeloma Support Group founded in August 2013, meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 1:00-3:00 PM at the Madison Room of the Laurel Manor Recreation Center, 1985 Laurel Manor Drive, The Villages, FL 32162. For more information, please contact Don Rigazio at (352) 259-1299 or by E-mail donrig27@comcast.net, or Dan List at (352) 259-9435, or by E-mail dlist31498@hotmail.com. You can also visit their website http://thevillages.support.myeloma.org.
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Titusville
The Space Coast Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in May, 2008, meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:30 - 7:00 PM at the Parrish Medical Center, Conference Center, Room 3&5, 951 , 490 North Washington Ave., Titusville, FL 32796. For more information, please contact Ardell Thurow,  321-636-6097 or 321-431-4452 or by E-mail at athurow@cfl.rr.com; or Joanie Bennett at 321-267- 7033 or by E-mail at  benne9111@aol.com. You can also visit our website at http://titusville.support.myeloma.org.
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