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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.


Cedar Rapids
The Cedar Rapids group, founded in September, 2013, meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at Mercy Hall Perrine Cancer Center, Community Room, 701 10th ST SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403. For more information, please contact Inez Lensch at 319-298-9347 or by E-mail at CedarRapids@IMFSupport.org. You can also visit their website at www.cedarrapids.myeloma.org
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Des Moines area
This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:15 - 6:30 PM in the 4th floor conference room at the John Stoddard Cancer Center, Iowa Methodist Hospital, 1221 Pleasant Street, Des Moines, IA.  For more information, please contact Kathy Hunnicut, RN, BSN at 515-241-8505, or by E-mail at hunnickm@ihs.org; or Wendy Sontag at 515-270-6169, or by E-mail at wendy.sontag@lls.org; or visit the group website www.johnstoddardcancer.org, click on “Services Offered”.