Country singer Kellie Pickler has shaved her head in support of her best friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Kellie’s pal, Summer Holt Miller, who is 36-years-old, was diagnosed with breast cancer back in June 2012 and had just begun chemotherapy treatments last Thursday.
Kellie appeared in a video clip on “Good Morning America” Wednesday, sporting her new look. on Tuesday, Kellie buzzed off her hair to support Summer. In a statement, Kellie said, “Cancer does not discriminate. If this compels even one person to change their mentality toward waiting until the age of 40 for their mammogram, then it will be worth it.”
“People” magazine reports:
Miller — who has a family history of breast cancer — has always been vigilant about self-exams, and asked her doctor for a mammogram when she felt something might be wrong. After doctors did find a tumor, the mother of two underwent a double mastectomy, and was declared cancer-free in August (her chemotherapy treatments will help ensure the cancer doesn’t come back).
Pickler called Tuesday a “life-changing day,” and Miller made the reasons for shaving her head clear on her Caring Bridge website. “I was told that it was mentally much easier to do it this way than to wake up with my hair on my pillow,” she wrote. “I’m really not that apprehensive about shaving my head. It is hair and it will grow back.”
Kudos to Kellie for being a thoughtful and supportive friend. For anyone who has loved or lost anyone from cancer, you know how much the support of close friends means. Stay strong ladies!