David Icard and Chris Sams, owners of Bold and Beautiful Salon in Lenoir, North Carolina. Icard also is co-founder of The Wig Bank of Caldwell County. What started as David Icard’s desire to help women battling cancer with wig styling at Bold and Beautiful salon, which he co-owns with Chris Sams in Lenoir, North Carolina, has grown into a community-supported house that warmly welcomes women, men and children cancer patients, hosts support group meetings and launches education program.
Icard loves owning a small-town salon and getting to know his clientele. “We have women who have been clients for many years, and we’ve been with them as they grew up, gotten married and had families of their own,” he says. “It really does become a friendship and we wanted to make a difference and give something back to the community who helped build our business, and we wanted to do it in a way where we could really give back.”
Over the years, working with Look Good Feel Better and cancer patients in the community, Icard and the salon became instrumental in launching The Wig Bank of Caldwell County. The organization put together a board of directors and purchased a house where cancer victims could gather for support group meetings. While being located next door to the Cancer Center was convenient, the house offers a home-like setting where cancer patients could escape the clinical setting of the hospital.
The Wig Bank of Caldwell County offers a home-like setting for cancer patients and their caregivers to gather for support group meetings. With the advantage of being located in the furniture capitol of the U.S., the group secured help from a number of local furniture manufacturers, who each sponsored and decorated a room in The Wig Bank house. “Now there’s a living room with a fireplace, a kitchen and a dining room, and the bedroom has been turned into a meeting room,” says Icard. “Downstairs, we have a big screen TV and pool table four our males, who are either patients themselves or are the loved ones of a patient coming for a support group meeting.”
Today, the home, which is frequently staffed by a nurse from the hospital, is supported by a number of cancer support groups, including Look Good Feel Better, Arm in Arm, Futures Unlimited, Reach to Recovery, I Can Cope, Just Us Guys, CHIPS (a group for children patients and their families), as well as a music therapy program, restorative yoga, and a support group for caregivers.