Boca Raton

Covid Update

The IMF is cautiously optimistic for local support groups to return back to in-person meetings when it’s safe in your community

We suggest for you to follow local, state and federal guidelines to help you determine when it will be safe to start meeting in-person again.

You may also wish to refer to www.cdc.gov for information and guidance on specifics for travel, vaccinations, variants and when/how to gather safely.

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To ensure the safety of our group members and community, we will continue to meet virtually each month.  For details, please contact Steve Weinstein at [email protected]

For more information, please contact

Steve Weinstein: 954-895-5370 or [email protected]
Group Email[email protected]

Meeting time1st Monday of each month from 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Meeting Location James Rutherford Community Center
2000 Yamato Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Get directions

26.3928651, -80.1283704

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After finalizing all the details and donations for Boca Raton's first Inaugural Multiple Myeloma 5K, we are thrilled to report that over $50,000 was raised for MM research efforts! Thank you to everyone who had a hand in bringing this together, & all of you awesome participants! We would like to graciously thank Runner's Edge & Tom Vladimir for their professionalism & hard work to help us pull this off. Proceeds will be sent to the International Myeloma Foundation for MM research efforts. Thank you again, we are one step closer to finding a cure thanks in large part to all of YOU.

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The Boca Raton Multiple Myeloma Support Group, also known as the M & M Squad, offers support and caring to residents and visitors (and their family and friends) in Palm Beach and northern Broward counties. We strive to educate, share experiences, offer fellowship, hope and support to one another in a caring and uplifting environment.

Upcoming events

IMF Events

May 06
Webinar on How to Optimize and Protect your Immune System: A Nutrition Approach
May 6, 2021 4:00 pm PST
Archives

To view past speakers and support group newsletters, choose specific year.

2021
Month Speaker IMF Monthly Newsletter
January Ola Landgren, MD, PhD - ASH recap January
February Diahanna Valentine - Myeloma Financial Coach February
March Ken Shain, MD - Moffitt Cancer Center Myeloma Specialist March
April Speaker: Tony Blau, All 4 Cure April
May Cesar Migliorati, DDS - Diagnosis and Treatment of ONJ and Cancer Patient Oral Care Issues May
June   June
July   July
August   August
September   September
October   October
November   November
December   December
2020
Month Speaker IMF Monthly Newsletter
January Dr. Fu - ASH 12/19 Updates January
February Julieanne Koritz - Oncology Nutrition Coach February
March Dr. Claudia Paba-Prada - Miami Cancer Institute March
April Dr. Jakit Shah - Selinexor April
May Kevin Bringle, IMF NLB - "Living Well with Myeloma" May
June Adaptive ClonoSEQ testing June
July Phen Jeff - Covid and Multiple Myeloma July
August Debbie Billingsley - Understanding Lab Results August
September Dr. James Hoffman - UM Sylvester Myeloma Specialist September
October Sacher Peles M.D. - Q & A October
November AirTamer personal air purifier November
December Jatin Shah, MD - Karyopharm’s Selinexor (Xpovio) December
2019
Month Speaker IMF Monthly Newsletter
January The MyDrug Study (NCI-Match) Personalized Medicine Targeted Therapy January
February Dr. Arun Wiita – CRISPR - Impact on Myeloma Treatment February
March Lisa Simms Booth – Biden Cancer Initiative (Cancer Moonshot) March
April Nancy Bruno – IMF April
May Dr. Ailawadhi – Mayo Jacksonville May
June Brian McMahon - SparkCures June
July Lisa Quinlan, Physical Therapist – Balance and Neuropathy July
August Lillian Basadre - Celgene August
September Dr. James Hoffman, Sylvester Cancer Center September
October John Killip, D.D.S. – UMKC School of Dentistry – MMJP (Multiple Myeloma Journey Partners) Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (also living w/mm) October
November The Binding Site November
December Dr. Warren Brenner - Boston Myeloma Conference Recap December
2018

 

January Dr. Warren Brenner - ASH Updates
February Mary Derome - coMMpass study
March Ashley Donato - Oncology Acupuncturist
April Lily Basadre - Understanding and Communicating Needs
May Jenny Ahlstrom - Myeloma Crowd
June Dr. Warren Brenner - ASCO Updates
July Kathleen Sheridan Russell - Oncology Social Worker
August Jo Visser - Adherence/Compliance Strategies for Staying on Treatment
September Corinne Danielson MPH, CHES - The Sari Center
October Laughter Yoga
November Anne Pacowta, IMF - ASCO
December Dr. Sacher Peles - Florida Cancer Specialists
2017
January Dr. Adil Duru - Immunotherapy and Killer Cells
February Debbie Billingsley - Survivorship
March SparkCures - Brian MacMahon
April Dr. Irene Ghobrial
May (1) Pat Williams, (2) Myeloma Manager
June Dr. Warren Brenner - ASCO Updates
July Dr. Andrew Yee
August NINLARO - Kena Miller/Takeda
September Cancelled - Hurricane Irma
October Kathy Colson - Living with Myeloma
November Anne Pacowta, IMF
December Laura Moseley, Empliciti
2016
January Dr. Warren S. Brenner, Hematologist/Oncologist – ASH Recap
February Dr. Lynn Solomon - Osteonecrosis/Maxillofacial issues
March Kena Miller (Takeda Nurse Educator) - NINLARO
April Debbie Billingsley, Celgene Nurse Educator - Understanding Lab Reports
May Foundation Medicine Genomic Profiling
June Dr. Warren S. Brenner, Hematologist/Oncologist - Current Treatments
July Dr. James Hoffman- Hematologist/Oncologist - Sylvester
August Dr. Adriana Rossi - Weill Cornell Medical Center
September Mindfulness/Meditation Techniques
October Cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew
November Lori Alf's Car T Cell trial success
December 5 year Anniversary and CareGiver break-out
2015
January Dr. Warren S. Brenner, Hematologist/Oncologist – ASH Recap
February Rudi Hrncic MD – Director of Scientific Affairs – The Binding Site
March Dr. Irene Ghobrial – Dana Farber Cancer Center (Skype)
April Tracy Bonds – Clinical Nurse Educator, Onyx - Kyprolis
May Clorinda Walley  - Good Days (Formerly Chonic Disease Fund) (Skype)
June Open Meeting
July Multiple Myeloma Journey Partners – Lynn Worthen
August Managing Stress Before it Manages You – Lynn Edinoff, Oncology Social Worker
September Tracy Bonds –Clinical Nurse Educator, Onyx - Survivorship
October Integrative Acupuncture – Harmony Brown 
November Anne Pacowta, Florida Director of Support Groups
December "November to Remember" Triple FDA Drug Approvals
2014
January Dr. Brennar – ASH Recap
February Integrative Medicine – Dr. Lynn Lafferty, Nova University
March P&F Seminar Open Discussion, PB County Proclamation, Cranes of Hope
April Dr. Shachar Peles, PalmBeach Cancer Institute
May Open Discussion
June Dr. Warren S. Brenner, Hematologist/Oncolgist – Updates from ASH
July Dr. Loretto Maldonado, Psychologist
August Sharon Cohan, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
September Open Discussion
October Anne Pacowta, Regional Leader Support Groups
November Dr. James Hoffman, UM Syvester Cancer Center
December Holiday Dinner – 3rd Anniversary Celebration
2013

 

January Open Discussion – ASH Recap
February Understanding Your Test Results – Dr. Susan Leclair
March Stem Cell Transplants - Dr. Fienstein
April Clinical Dietician Leslie Klein – Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
May Dr. Sagar Lonial
June Dr. Warren S. Brenner, Hematologist/Oncolgist – Updates from ASH
July Stacy Cutrono - Exercise Physiologist
August Open Discussion
September Gentle Yoga
October Diana Edwards, Social Worker, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
November Jeff Baskies  J.D., Legal Issues to Consider – tentative*
December Holiday Dinner – 2nd Anniversary Celebration
2012
January Rick Sulak / Millenium (Velcade)
February Open Discussion – Review of Patient & Family Seminar
March Marie Morande  - Certified Specialist in Nutrition Oncology
April Brenda Williams – Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy
May Dr. Warren S. Brenner – Boca Raton Hematologist/Oncologist
June Dr. Robert E. Marx, DDS Professor of Surgery and Chief, Univ of Miami
July Open Discussion
August Open Discussion (Organization of Medical Files – share ideas)
September *Date Change* - Laughter Therapy
October IMF Nurse Leadership Board
November Pat Killingsworth / Multiple Myeloma Blogger / Helpwithcancer.org
2011
November Initial Meeting – Joanie Borbely
December Yoga and Relaxation
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Fundraisers

To find the cure for multiple myeloma and to provide financial and other assistance to patients with multiple myeloma.

These specific recycling programs may be closed to new entrants. If the programs are closed, please still collect these items. 

Theses items may dropped off at

Palm Beach Liquors ( NE corner of Linton Blvd and Military Trail)
4801 Linton Blvd.
Delray Beach, FL

Simply tell the person behind the counter that it is for multiple myeloma. The items will be picked up daily

Boca Raton Multiple Myeloma Support Group meetings

James Rutherford Community Center
Located in Patch Reef Park
2000 Yamato Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Microsoft Rewards For The Cure

-You can help raise $1,000,000.00 in donations using Microsoft's money for the Brian Novis Research Grant Awards given by the International Myeloma Foundation. The beauty of this is that this can be accomplished without you or anyone you have help you with this, taking even one cent out of your pockets or participating in a walk or any other
type of event. Interested? CLICK HERE

ARM & HAMMER™ and OXICLEAN™ Pouch Recycling Program

Generates $1 for Myeloma Research Per Pound

Program accepted waste:

•ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda pouches,
•RM & HAMMER Power Paks Laundry Detergent pouches
•OXICLEAN Laundry Detergent Paks pouches
•OXICLEAN 2in1 Stain Fighter Power Paks pouches
•OXICLEAN White Revive Laundry Stain Remover Power Paks pouches

 

Not accepted  - other brands - this program is brand specific

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BIC® Stationery Recycling Program

Generates 2.5 cents for Myeloma Research Per item

Program accepted waste - All Brands of:

• Writing instruments
• Glue sticks
• Watercolor dispensers
• Paint sets
• Flexible packaging

 

Not accepted - Please note that white-out (including White-Out) and free ink markers are not accepted

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Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Program

Generates 2 cents for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste - Any Brand of:

• Toothpaste tubes and caps,
• Toothpaste cardboard cartons
• Toothbrushes, new or used
• Toothbrush outer packaging
• Dental floss containers.

 

Not Accepted - Please note that electric toothbrushes, battery toothbrushes, and/or their parts are not recyclable through the program

 

E-Electronics-Waste Recycling Program - working or non-working items

Generates 45 cents per pound from Canon/HP inkjet cartridges Generates 50 cents per pound from cell phones
Generates 25 cents per pound from laptops
Generates 50 cents per pound from tablets

Program accepted waste: 

• Standard cell phones - Any Brand
• Smart phones - Any Brand
• iPhones,
• Canon and HP only inkjet cartridges
• Laptops - Any Brand
• Notebooks
• Netbooks,
• Tablets - Any Brand
• iPads

 

Please note that the following items are not accepted - toner cartridges, chargers of any kind, cables, headphones/headsets, and laptop charging stations/ports.

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Febreze Non-Aerosol Air Care Recycling Program

Generates 5 cents for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste - All brands of:

• Air freshener cartridges
• Plugs
• Trigger heads
• Plastic and film packaging

 

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Gerber® Recycling Program

Generates 4 cents for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste - All brands of Baby food packaging:

• Flexible or rigid plastic packaging
• Shrink labels
• Plastic containers and plastic lids
• Flexible plastic pouches

 

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Gillette® and Venus Razor Recycling Program

Generates $1 for Myeloma Research Per Pound of Items Shipped

Program accepted waste - All brands of:

• Blades and razors systems
• Disposable units
• Replaceable-blade cartridge units
• Rigid plastic packaging
• Flexible plastic bag packaging.

 

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Herbal Essences Recycling Program

Generates 30 cents for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste - Herbal Essences Brand only aerosol products and packaging

• Shampoo aerosol container
• Mousse aerosol container
• Hair Spray aerosol container

 

Not accepted - other brands - this program is brand specific

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Herbal Essences Non-aerosol Recycling Program

Generates 7 cents for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste - Herbal Essences Brand only:

• Shampoo bottles and caps
• Conditioner bottles and caps
• Hair mist bottles and pumps
• Flexible plastic tubes and closures
• Color and hair treatment packets

 

Not accepted - other brands - this program is brand specific

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MARTINI & ROSSI® Pouch Recycling Program

Generates 2 cents for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste:

•MARTINI & ROSSI® Frosé and Frosecco pouches only

Not accepted  - other brands - this program is brand specific

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Mountain House Recycling Program

Generates 2.6 cents for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste - Brand Specific - Mountain House only:

•Mountain House Pouches

Not accepted - other brands - this program is brand specific

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North Coast Recycling Program

Generates 2.6 cents for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste - Brand Specific - North Coast only:

•Apple sauce pouches and caps

Not accepted - other brands - this program is brand specific

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Once Upon a Farm Recycling Program

Generates 2.6 cents for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste - Brand Specific - Once Upon a Farm only:

• Baby food pouches
• Applesauce pouches
• Smoothie pouches

 

Not accepted - other brands - this program is brand specific

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Performance Nutrition Recycling Program

Generates 1 cent for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste - All Brands of Performance nutrition packaging including:

• Energy chews packets
• Energy gel packets
• Hydration, recovery, and energy drink mix stick packs and packets
• GU Energy Gel 15-Serving pouches
• Energy stroopwafel wrapper

 

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Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Program

Generates 2 cents for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste - All Brands of

Skin care packaging

•Lip balm tubes and caps
•Soap dispensers and tubes
•Body wash caps
•Lotion dispensers and caps

Hair care and cosmetic packaging

•Shampoo caps
•Conditioner caps
•Hair gel tubes and caps
•Hair spray triggers
•Hair paste caps

Cosmetic packaging

•Lipstick cases
•Lip gloss tubes
•Mascara tubes
•Eye shadow cases
•Bronzer cases
•Foundation packaging
•Powder cases
•Eyeliner cases
•Eyeliner pencils
•Eye shadow tubes
•Concealer tubes
•Concealer sticks
•Lip liner pencils

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PopSockets® Recycling Program

Generates 9 cents for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste - All Brands of : 

•Cell Phone Cases

•ALL PopSockets products and packaging

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RB Health & Nutrition Local Recycling Solutions

Generates 5 cents for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste - All Brands of 

•Vitamins, minerals, and supplements packaging: blister packs, tubes, bottles, caps, lids, cans, boxes
•Sexual health and well-being packaging: tubes, bottles, caps, lids, wrappers, cans, boxes
•Cough, cold, flu, sore throat, and nasal care packaging blister packs, tubes, bottles, spray bottles, caps, lids
•Infant formula and child nutrition packaging: tubs, bottles, caps, lids, cans, boxes
•Personal care, body care and foot care packaging:

•Lotion and shampoo tubes, bottles, caps, lids, plastic packaging

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Schwarzkopf® Hair Care Recycling Program

Generates 15 cents for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste - Brand Specific - Schwarzkopf only

•Hair car jars and lids
•Bottles
•Tubes
•Pumps
•Caps made from plastics and flexible or rigid aluminum

Not accepted  - other brands - this program is brand specific

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Swiffer® Recycling Program

Generates 4 cents for Myeloma Research Per Item

Program accepted waste - Brand Specific - Swiffer only 

•Sweeper™ Dry Refills
•Sweeper™ Wet Refills
•Sweeper™ XL Refills
•WetJet™ Refills
•Duster™ Refills

 

Not accepted - other brands - this program is brand specific

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