The Family Support Group program was established throughout the country to link patients and their families to a place where information, education and feelings can be shared in a comfortable and caring environment. Family Support Groups are for anyone affected by blood cancer and are provided free of charge.
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Inaugural Minneapolis MPN Patient Support Group
Twin Cities Gilda's Club
April 4, 2015
12 noon to 2 p.m.
10560 Wayzata Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN 55305
The focus of this free MPN support group is to provide education, support and camaraderie to those living with myeloproliferative neoplasms, such as Myelofibrosis, Polycythemia Vera and Essential Thrombocythemia.
Questions? Please contact Morgan Koth, LLS Patient Access Manager, by phone at (612) 259-4506 or by email at Morgan.Koth@lls.org
Blood Cancer Support Groups
St. Mary's Medical Center Oncology Classroom
407 East 3rd Street
Duluth, MN 55805
Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. Light refreshments are served and parking is validated for the SMDC ramp. No RSVP is necessary. For more information, please contact Terry Mahoney at (218) 786-8327
North Memorial Outpatient Center
3435 West Broadway
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month. Light refreshments are served. No RSVP is necessary. For more information, please contact Jewel Butts at (763) 581-2804
HealthPartners Specialty Center - 4th floor waiting area
401 Phalen Blvd
St. Paul, MN
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month. Free parking. For more information about the group, call Scott at 651-254-9267.
Coborn Cancer Center
1900 CentraCare Circle
St. Cloud, MN 56303
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. Dinner will be provided.
For more information about this program, please contact facilitators Janelle Thoreson and Siri Konz at email@example.com
Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Bone Marrow Transplant Group)
Prairie Conference Center at the Avera Cancer Institue
1000 E. 23rd. St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month (September through May).
No RSVP is necessary. For more information, please contact Melanie Hericks at (605) 322-3034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multiple Myeloma Specific Groups (these groups are supported by the International Myeloma Foundation)
The Fairmont Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group, founded in November, 2012, meets on the 4th Saturday of every other month (beginning in February) from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, 800 Clinic Circle Drive, Fairmont, MN. For more information, please contact Joyce Schultz at 507-632-4412 (home) or 507-230-0207 (cell) or by E-mail at fairmont@IMFsupport.org; or visit the group website www.fairmont.myeloma.org.
This group, founded in June, 2006, meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM ? 12:00 PM at the Gift of Life Transplant House, 705 2nd St. SW (North Side), Rochester, MN. For more information, please contact Teresa Miceli at Rochester@IMFsupport.org; or visit the group website www.mmss.myeloma.org.
This group, founded in September, 2004, meets most 2nd Wednesdays of the month from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at the Family Means Center, 1875 Northwestern Avenue, Stillwater, MN, in the Large Conference Room. For exact dates and details, please contact Barbara Davis at 651-486-9360 or by E-mail at email@example.com; or Lorraine Vollstedt at 651-437-9064 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Bev Culy at 651-337-1746 or by E-mail at email@example.com; or Diane Zimmerhakl at 651-731-5442 or by E-mail at Zimmerhakl@msn.com; or the group E-mail at Stillwater@imfsupport.org; or visit the group website www.minnesota.myeloma.org.
Twin Cities Area
This group, founded in July, 1996, meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM at Methodist Hospital, 6300 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55416. Meetings are held in Frauenshuh Cancer Center, 1st floor conf room, except June ? Aug when meetings are in Auditorium of Cardio Vascular Center. For more information, please contact Pat Harwood at 952-473-1782 or by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Fred Sulzbach at 952-938-0232 or by Email at email@example.com; or Paula Merrigan at 612-803-9080 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: The groups are not a replacement for psychotherapy. They are designed to provide mutual support and education to members who may feel a little less alone by meeting with others whose situations are similar to their own. All of our Family Support Groups are facilitated by a credentialed health/mental health professionals who have extensive oncology and group work experience. They are prepared to handle sensitive issues such as loss, guilt, treatment questions and family stressors.
For questions about these groups, please contact the LLS Information Resource Center at 612-259-4506