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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 : California

Chico
The Northern California Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in 2011, meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1:30 - 3:30 PM at the Enloe Cancer Center Library, 265 Cohassett Road, Chico, CA 95929. For more information, please contact Kelly Cox at 800-452-2873, ext. 233 and 310-429-0521 or by E-mail at kcox@myeloma.org; or Rebecca at the Enloe Cancer Center Library at 530-332-3856.

High Desert
The High Desert Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in May 2014, meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00am – 12:30pm, at the St Mary Medical Center Admin Building (New behind the main building), 16071 Kasota, Apple Valley, CA 92307. For more information, please contact Mary Ming-Mosley at 909-622-6616 or by E-mail at mingmosley@yahoo.com; or Russel Wood at 949-413-9440. You can also visit their website at www.highdesert.myeloma.org
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Inland Empire (Riverside/San Bernardino and Surrounding Areas)
(Riverside/San Bernardino and Surrounding Areas) – The Inland Empire Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in May, 2005, will be meeting in two locations in 2014: On March 22, May 17, June 21, August 16, September 20, and November 15, we will meet on Saturday from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, at the Riverside Community Hospital, 4445 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA (Near Corner of Magnolia Ave. and 14th Street, in their Health Education Center). There is free parking in the Physician’s Parking Lot next to the Health Education Center. The gate to the parking lot will be open from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. On April 8, July 8, October 7, and December 9, we will meet on Tuesday from 6 PM - 8:30 PM, at the Janet Goeske Center, 5257 Sierra Ave., Riverside, CA 92504. There is free parking for all attendees. Complimentary meals will be served at all meetings. For more information, please contact Monica Vann at 951-377-6042 or by E-mail at mjvann@sbcglobal.net.
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Los Angeles
This group, founded in 1998, meets every other month, starting in January, on the 3rd Saturday from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM at Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Avenue, Westchester (LA) 90045. For more information, please contact David Feinstein at 310-391-5391 or Ron and Jennie Handy at 310-516-6828 or by E-mail at lamyelomasupport@ca.rr.com.
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Napa Valley/Sonoma Area
The Myeloma Stompers, founded in February, 2006, meet the 2nd Saturday of each month at 12:00 noon at Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Room H-3, 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. For more information, please contact Bob Ensten at 707-836-0913 or by E-mail at miatax@comcast.net or at myelomastompers@comcast.net.

Orange County/Irvine
The Orange County/Irvine Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in 2007, meets on the 1st Thursday of each month from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the UC Irvine Medical Center, Neuropsychiatric Center, Building 3, Room 101, 101 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868.  For more information, please contact Tom Swick at 714-785-5095 or by E-mail at tom.swick@sbcglobal.net. You can also visit their website at www.orangecounty.myeloma.org
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Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley
The San Gabriel Valley Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in April, 2013, meets on the 1st Monday of each month (except September) from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Pasadena Public Library, Donald R. Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101. For more information, please contact Larry D’Addario at 626-351-9357 or by E-mail at larry9850@gmail.com, or Maureen Matulich at 626-827-1634 or by E-mail at mlmatulich@att.net.. You can also visit their website at www.sangabrielvalley.myeloma.org
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Rancho Mirage
The Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in October, 2008, meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:00 - 4:30 PM at the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.  For more information, please call Cancer Support Services at 760-834-3798 or E-mail Alison Sachs, MSW, OSW-C at asachs@emc.org.

Sacramento
The Sacramento Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Physicians Medical Plaza, Mercy San Juan Hospital Campus, 6555 Coyle Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608. The meeting is in the Lukens Auditorium. For more information, please contact Bob Regello at 916-780-9052 or by E-mail at robertregello@yahoo.com.

San Diego
This group, founded in October 1997, meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the University Towne Centre, 4315 La Jolla Village Dr. 2nd  floor (above Wells Fargo Bank), San Diego, CA 92122. For more information, please contactDebbie Dyer at 858-456-9447 or by E-mail at debbiedyer@san.rr.com or Kelly Cox at 800-452-2873, ext. 233 and 310-429-0521 or by E-mail at kcox@myeloma.org; or visit the group website  www.sandiego.myeloma.org.
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San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles)
The San Fernando Valley Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in June 2012, meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (except June) from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave, Tarzana, CA. For more information, please contact Malcolm Katz at 818-515-6060 or by E-mail at SFVMMgroup@gmail.com. Visit the group website http://www.sanfernandovalley.myeloma.org
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San Francisco/Greater Bay Area
This group, founded in 1991, meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at varying locations including: Summit Hospital in Oakland, Stanford Hospital at Palo Alto, Kaiser Hospital in Daly City, and the Wellness Center in Walnut Creek.  For meeting details, speakers, locations, maps, resources, and more, please visit the group website http://www.sfbayareamyelomasupport.org.  For more information, please contact Jack Aiello at jackaiello@comcast.net; or Neil Collier at nacollier@pacbell.net; or Bob Viener at bobv@well.com.
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San Luis Obispo County
A support group meeting sponsored by the Wellness Community in Paso Robles/Hearst Cancer Center in San Luis Obispo meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at the Hearst Cancer Resource Center, 1941 Johnson Ave., Suite 201 A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.  For more information, please contact the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at 805-542-6234 or Debby Schobel by E-mail at schobeld3@comcast.net.

Santa Barbara County
The Marian Cancer Center, Santa Maria, CA sponsors a support group on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at 210 South Palisade Drive, Suite 200, Santa Maria, CA 93454.  For more information, please call the center at 805-739-3780 or contact Debby Schobel by E-mail at schobeld3@comcast.net.

Shasta County Area
This group, founded in December 2009, meets on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10:00 - 11:30 AM at First United Methodist Church, 1825 East Street, Room #10, Redding, CA.  For more information, please contact Kati Rosten at 530-365-0651 or by E-mail at shastamyelomasupport@gmail.com .

Upland
The Upland CA Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in February, 2014, meets on the 1st Friday of each month from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the George Gibson Senior Center, 250 North 3rd Street, Upland, CA 91785. For more information, please contact Carlene Pratt at (909) 875-8871 or by E-mail at carlene_pratt@yahoo.com. You can also visit their website at www.upland.myeloma.org
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Ventura/Thousand Oaks
This group, founded in Spring 2004, meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at The Wellnes Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village, CA 91361. There are no meetings in June and December. For more information, please contact Kelly cox at 800-452-2873 ext. 233 and 310-429-0521 or email WestlakeMyeloma@yahoo.com . You can also visit their website at www.westlake.myeloma.org
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