North Florida Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group

As the COVID-19 respiratory virus spreads around the world, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) continues to be here for you. The IMF takes the health and safety of myeloma patients seriously. To contain the spread of the virus, we recommend cancelling in-person support group meetings.

The IMF has offered to support group leaders the technology and instruction to host virtual meetings using GoToMeeting. Please contact your support group leader for specific details regarding your meeting.

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

Our next meeting will be May 13th and it will be held virtually. Click here to learn more

If you are interested, please contact Anne at

Welcome to the North Florida Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group. During 2015 more than 30,300 people (17,900 in men and 12,430 in women)  in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, currently an incurable but treatable cancer. Several hundred newly diagnosed patients living within the North Florida area, which includes the City of Jacksonville (Duval County), and St Johns and Nassau counties, will join the ever growing numbers of current Myeloma patients.

The North Florida Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group was started by Anne & Jack Pacowta, (Jack - a five year Myeloma survivor at that time), following their relocation to Florida from Connecticut. The Pacowtas were members of the Connecticut Multiple Myeloma Support Group and found that the benefits of participating in a support group were important to better understand this disease and share experiences with others who are similarly afflicted. The group has met monthly since December 2007 and continues to grow in membership as patients, family and friends become aware of its existence.

Anne & Jack started the support group since none existed in the Jacksonville area. Realizing that Multiple Myeloma represents less than 1% of cancers, there is a major need for patients, family members and friends to share information and learn more about the disease, its implications, complications and therapeutic treatment alternatives.

Knowledge is Power. The availability of information and sharing of experiences is comforting, especially to newly diagnosed patients. Discussions provide each of us with a deeper understanding of Myeloma resulting in an increased ability to more effectively manage our health and our battle with this insidious disease.

Multiple Myeloma, with all of its implications, is the antithesis of fun, and the disease affects everyone in similar yet different ways. Meeting and talking with others who are willing to share similar experiences helps everyone work through the many challenges until a cure is finally available.

For more information, please contact group co-chairs

Dianna Chiles
(904) 491-0007 or by E-Mail at

Or Anne Pacowta
(321) 591-8702  or by E-Mail at

You are always welcome to attend any of our monthly networking meetings.

We meet at:

Mayo Clinic

Cannaday Bldg., Room 1106
4500 San Pablo Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32224

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month, 6:00 - 8:30 PM. No meeting in December, and off site meetings in January and July​. Call or email for details.

You are always welcome to attend any of our monthly networking meetings.