Covid Update

The IMF applauds the efforts of the volunteer leaders that conduct local myeloma support group meetings and virtual meetings.

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 that each group follow local, state and federal guidelines to help the volunteer leaders to determine when it will be safe to start meeting in-person again. The IMF will continue to provide Zoom licenses to all myeloma support groups that still meet virtually or have hybrid meetings.  Please contact the group leader for meeting details.

For additional updates on COVID-19 coronavirus, please click this link: Myeloma Patient Safety and the Coronavirus.

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

canton support group

Until it is safe to meet in public, we will be holding only virtual meetings. If you would like to join, please contact Stephanie McCrae at 330-933-0709 or by E-mail at [email protected].

For more information, please contact 

Stephanie McCrae 330-933-0709 

E-mail: [email protected]

Meeting time4th Monday of each month from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Meeting Location Gabrail Cancer Center
4877 Higbee Avenue Northwest
Canton, OH 44718
Get directions

40.8520488, -81.4284993

At  our meetings, patients, caregivers and friends share their knowledge and experiences on treatments, coping with side effects, medical insurance, participation in clinical trials, new scientific and clinical research and provide mutual support and encouragement.

We also invite experts to join us and share their knowledge. Call, email or mail to get on our email/phone list so you can receive the meeting announcements. You can also view the details of our next support group meeting, get driving directions, etc. here on our web site.


Upcoming events

IMF Events

Dec 16
Best of ASH 2021 Webinar
December 16, 2021 4:00 pm PST

Support Group Events

Dec 27
Canton December Meeting
December 27, 2021 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm EST

If you would like to view our past speakers or topics, please view our achieves by clicking on the year.

January Jim Bond, 28 year Myeloma Patient
February Open Discussion
January Gary Stock, Clinical Pharmacist - treatments and myeloma from a pharmacist perspective
February Open Discussion
March Open Discussion
April Virtual Speaker: Beth Faiman, PhD, RN
May Kristen Keagle, BSN, RN, OCN from Janssen Oncology - Darzalex/Daratumumab.
June Rebecca Hamilton, Director Light the Night along with special guests to share a school project with interviews of patients
July Speaker: Anthony Billinger, M.S., Diagnostic Account Manager - MRD Testing & clonoSEQ
August Bobbie Martucci, Volunteer and Family Services Coordinator - Stewart's Caring Place
September Nurse Educator, Celgene: Understanding your Lab and Test Results
October Speaker: Robin and Michael Tuohy, IMF
November Speaker: Leah Wolfe, RPH, BCOP, MTM, BScPharm, a Pharmaceutical Consultant
December Virtual Holiday Party!
January Speaker: Leah Wolfe, RPH, BCOP, MTM, BScPharm - Myeloma from a Pharmaceutical perspective
February Open Discussion
March Myeloma Action Month
April Speaker: Megan Sell, RN, MS, CNP - Multiple Myeloma Labs and Tests
May Speaker: John Killip, MM Journey Partners - Patient Advocate
June Speaker - Kristen Keagle, RN, BSN, OCN, Oncology Nurse from Janssen Oncology - Myeloma and Self Care
July Speaker: Leah Wolfe, PRH, BCOP, MTM, PScPharm and her team from Northern Ohio Academy of Pharmacy - Myeloma from a pharmaceutical perspective
August Open Discussion
September Speaker: Dr. Michael Dugan, MD along with a patient on the current regimen - Pomalyst with Dex - Celgene
October Speaker: Dr. Shruti Trehan, Local oncologist - Myeloma Team
November Open Discussion
December Annual Gathering
January Speaker: Matthew Teague, Pharmacist - Ask a Pharmacist
February Open Discussion
March Myeloma Action Month
April Speaker: Dr. Nashat Gabrail - Gabrail Cancer Center - Multiple Myeloma
May Speaker: Amy Davidson, RN, BSN, OCN - Takeda Oncology - Cancer Survivorship - Optimizing your wellness
June Speaker: Dick A., Myeloma Survivor & Amy Davidson, RN, BSN, OCN - Patient Ambassador (Takeda Oncology)
July Speaker: Frank Kuhr & Katrina Gekas, Adaptive Biotechnologies - Hot topics from ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
-Disease assessment and MRD as a diagnostic tool
-MRD as a correlate for PFS and OS
-High level introduction to the clonoSEQ assay
-Clinical data using MRD testing
August Jason Valent, MD - Cleveland Clinic - Hear from a Myeloma Specialist
September Open Discussion
October Speaker: Robin and Michael Tuohy, Myeloma Survivor - International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) & 18 year Myeloma Journey
November Speaker: John Killip, Retired Dentist - MM Journey Partners - Patient Advocate
December Annual Gathering
January Speaker: Rebecca Hamilton - he Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Financial Support
February Speaker: Speaker: Jim Bond, 24 year Myeloma Survivor-Patient Ambassador (Takeda Oncology)
March Speaker: Amy Davidson, RN, OCN - Takeda Oncology - Understanding Diagnostic Testing
April Speaker: Stephanie Davis-Dieringer, M.S.Ed - Stewart's Caring Place: Cancer Wellness Center
May Open Discussion
June Speaker: Amy Davidson RN, OCN - Takeda Oncology - Oral Adherence
July John Killip, Retired Dentist - MM Journey Partners - Patient Advocate
August Speaker: Beth Faiman, PhD, MSN, CNP, AOCN - Be Your Own Advocate, Caregiving
September Speaker: Anne Marie VanBuskirk, PhD, MBA - Takeda Oncology - Understanding Clinical Trials
October Speaker: Sue Enright - Midwest Regional Director, Support Groups, IMF - International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)
November Speaker: Ima Garcia, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP - Bristol Myers Squibb - Empliciti
December Annual Gathering
June First Meeting!
July Open Discussion
August Speaker: Dr. Nashat Gabrail from Gabrail Cancer Center - Wellness
September Speaker: Cara Rhodes RN, BSN - Celgene Corporation - Myeloma Central: A Virtual Tour
October Speaker: Sue Enright - Midwest Regional Director, Support Groups, IMF - International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)
November Speaker: Ima Garcia, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP - Bristol Myers Squibb - Empliciti
December Annual Gathering
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Ask Dr. Durie Videos
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Week in Review by Dr. Brian G.M. Durie
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IMF Publications
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