At the newly built Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center of Memorial Medical Center (NWCC) in Ashland, Wisconsin, a salon-style wig room is giving chemotherapy patients a new look and a boost of self-confidence when going through treatments.
"Chemotherapy can be very hard on patients. Many of them feel such a sense of loss when their hair falls out," says Terri Kramolis, NWCC administrator. "Before we built the Cancer Center, we had donations of wigs, and scarves and hats, but they were all just kept in a simple box and then brought to patients to sort through."
The $12 million facility is located on Ashland's medical campus at 1615 Maple Lane and is a collaboration between Memorial Medical Center (MMC) and Essentia Health.
The wig room inside is designed to resemble a salon, complete with a styling area and swivel chair. It has beautiful glass and wood cabinets that showcase each wig on a professional mannequin. The wigs come in all different colors, styles, and lengths and each is treated with special care.
Every wig is donated to the Cancer Center, and each is free to any cancer patient. Besides the dozens of wigs in the room, generous volunteers have also knit shawls to wear when receiving infusions and quilts that patients can take home.