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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 : Virginia

Dover, DE (Multiple listing, see Maryland and Delaware)
The Delaware Multiple Myeloma Information and Networking Group met for the first time in January 2011 at Eden Hill Medical Center in Dover. The group meets six times a year on Saturdays from 1:30 -- 3:30p.m. Dates for upcoming year published in the Fall. Please contact us for our annual calendar. The Delaware Myeloma Group, meets in two venues: Eden Hill Medical Center, Dover, and, as of 2016, also at Lavender Fields at Warington Manor, Milton, Delaware. We serve the Delaware Penninsula and shore communities. For more information and calendar, please contact Josephine Diagonale at 302-233-8229 | mmsupportde@comcast.net; or Sue Iwahashi at 302-569-2775 | myelomaemailsue@gmail.com; or visit the group website http://dover.support.myeloma.org/
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Fairfax, VA / Washington D.C. (Multiple listing, see District of Columbia and Maryland)
This group, founded in 1995, meets at 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 8411 Pennell Street, Fairfax, VA 22031 (off the Beltway at Rt. 50).  For more information, please contact Drucilla Brethwaite, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Oncology Counselor, Life with Cancer at 703-698-2538, or by E-mail at drucilla.brethwaite@inova.org; or visit the Center’s website at www.lifewithcancer.org.
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Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA
The Southeastern Virginia Multiple Myeloma Support Group (“SEVA”), founded in August, 2007, meets on the 3rd Saturday of most months from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the conference room of the Catholic Charities building, 4855 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. For more information, including a schedule of upcoming meetings, visit the group website: seva.support.myeloma.org or contact Jerry Walton at 757-495-8432 or by Email at jerryewalton@cox.net
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The Greater Richmond Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in January, 2010,  meets on the 3rd Monday of each month (except July and August) from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital (Forest Road entrance, next to ER), Forest Conference Room, side B, 1602 Skipwith Road, Richmond, VA 23229.  For more information, please contact Barbara Marx at 804-306-0909 or Mindy Fast at 804-615-6110, or the group E-mail at Richmond@imfsupport.org; or visit the group website at http://richmond.support.myeloma.org.
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The Multiple Myeloma Network for the Blue Ridge, founded January 2003, meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Our Lady of Nazareth Church, 2505 Electric Road, SW, Roanoke VA 24018-3524.  For more information, please contact Sharon Madagan at 540-206-9000 or by E-mail at kittycentral@cox.net or Bill Stokes at 540-343-1920 or by E-mail at bstokes47@aol.com, or the group E-mail at Roanoke@imfsupport.org. Visit the group website at http://roanoke.support.myeloma.org
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Washington, D.C. (Multiple listing, see Maryland and District of Columbia)
The Washington D.C. Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 6:30 PM at GW, Medical Faculty Associates, Cancer Center,  2150 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 1-100, Washington, D.C. 20037. Dinner is provided and parking will be validated. For more information, please contact Jennifer Bires, LICSW, OSW-C, Program Coordinator, at 202-741-2218, or by E-mail at jbires@mfa.gwu.edu Visit the group website at http://washingtondc.support.myeloma.org.
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