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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.


Cincinnati
Cincinnati Area Multiple Myeloma Networking Group, founded in January 2007, meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at The Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242.  For more information, please contact Hugh Schaffer at 513-289-6842 or by E-mail at hugh69marie@gmail.com; or Maryanne Brennan at 513-871-3973 or by E-mail at maryanne_brennan@hotmail.com; or visit the group website  www.cincy.myeloma.org.
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Cleveland
This group, founded in 1994, meets quarterly (March, June, September, December) at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute (Conference Room, R 3-002) from 1:30 - 3:00 PM.  Parking fees are reimbursed.  For exact dates and further information, please contact Amy Bauer, LISW-S, at 216-636-0187 or by E-mail at Bauera2@ccf.org.

Columbus
The Columbus Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in September, 2009, meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at The Cancer Support Community Central Ohio (formerly the Wellness Community), 1200 Old Henderson Road, Columbus, OH, 43220.  For more information, please contact Nick Menedis at home 614-868-8506, cell 614-216-4852 or by E-mail at nicksandy48@gmail.com; or visit the center website www.cancersupportohio.org.
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Toledo
The Toledo Ohio Area Multiple Myeloma Support & Networking Group, founded in October, 2011, meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at Perrysburg Way Public Library, 101 E Indiana Avenue, Meeting Rooms A & B, Perrysburg, OH 43551.  For further information, please contact Inge Lanzenberger at 419-872-2820, or by E-mail at inge1028@gmail.com.