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Minnesota Family Support Groups

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.  A light lunch will be served
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

Waiting Room

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


St. Paul

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.


St. Cloud 

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 hemoncjtss@gmail.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 melanie.hericks@avera.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 bkinoglu@comcast.net; or Lorraine Vollstedt at 651-437-9064 or by E-mail at ksv@sprynet.com; or Bev Culy at 651-337-1746 or by E-mail at bculy0561@comcast.net; 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 tcmyeloma@gmail.com; or Fred Sulzbach at 952-938-0232 or by Email at fjs21105@gmail.com; or Paula Merrigan at 612-803-9080 or by E-mail at peshkam@msn.com.




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


last updated on Thursday, March 05, 2015