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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 www.bocaraton.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 Oak Hill Partners Club at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd (Hwy 50), Brooksville, FL 34613. For more information, please contact Richard Blustein at 352-428-4536 or by E-mail at blustein22@aol.com. You can also visit their website at www.naturecoast.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; or Ken Young at 239-707-6725 or by E-mail at
kk42young@gmail.com.

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 D’Acosta House, 703 N.E. First Street, Gainesville, FL.  For more information, please contact Gale Smith, LCSW, at 352-214-6265 or by E-mail at galemsmith2000@yahoo.com.

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, Suite 1B, Hollywood, FL.  For more information, please contact Ronnie Maynard at 954-971-5549 or by E-mail at myelomabroward@yahoo.com.

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.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 Arlene McCutcheon RN, ONC at 407-415-1895 or by Email at pepemcc@gmail.com.

Melbourne
The Melbourne Florida Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in February, 2012, meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 10:30AM – 12:30PM at One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Melbourne, 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.

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 Wellness Community at 305-668-5900 ext.225 or by E-mail at prios@twcmiami.org; or Pascale Denis-Denize at 305-623-8825 MS. Ed. at 305-623-8825 ext. 221 or by E-mail at pascale@cancersupportcommunitymiami.org.

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

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

Palm Beach Gardens
This group, founded in 2013, meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at Total Wines and More – Legacy Place, 11221 Legacy Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 from 10:00 AM - Noon. For more information, please contact Barbara Werlinsky by phone at 561-373-8488 or 561-627-8960 or by Email at pbgmm1@gmail.com

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 386-503-0538 or by E-mail at amlevine2@cfl.rr.com.

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 Medical Hospital, 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.

Port Charlotte
The Port Charlotte Support Group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 West Dearborn Street, Englewood, FL 34223.  For more information, please contact Anne Pacowta at 321-591-8702 or by E-mail at apacowta@myeloma.org.

Sarasota
The Sarasota Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1:30 - 3:00 PM at the Center for Building Hope,   Lakewood Ranch,  5481 Communications Parkway,  Sarasota, FL 34240. For more information, please contact Julie O’Brien at 941-929-9116 or by E-mail at julieobee@verizon.net; or Andrea Feldmar at 941-921-5536 or by E-mail at   andrea@centerforbuildinghope.org.

Tallahassee
The Tallahassee Florida Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in May, 2013, meets on the 4th Monday of each month (except August and December) at 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 Dr. Hadley Hasemeier at 850-668-0691 or by E-mail at hadleyhh@comcast.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.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 Washington 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 at www.thevillages.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.