Hamilton County and Mayor Jim Coppinger have proclaimed March 2015 “Myeloma Awareness Month.” Myeloma, also called multiple myeloma, is an incurable cancer of cells in the bone marrow that affects blood cell production and can lead to anemia, infections, bone lesions, vertebral compressions, osteoporosis, severe pain and kidney dysfunction, according to the International Myeloma Foundation. Linda Huguelet, a Signal Mountain resident, was diagnosed in 2010 when she was 46. The local support group was founded in 1995 and Huguelet, along with her husband Jack, began leading the group in 2011. The group meets the third Thursday of each month and is supported by the Memorial Center for Cancer Support and the IMF. Huguelet attended the 2014 American Society of Hematology Conference in December 2014 as one of 12 support group leaders selected by the IMF to participate in the conference. From left are Jack and Linda Huguelet, leaders of the Chattanooga Multiple Myeloma Networking Group; Bill Bennett, myeloma patient; and Coppinger.