Kellie Pickler Shaves Head, Is the Best Friend a Girl Could Ever Have
Country crooner Kellie Pickler shaved her head to support her cancer-fighting friend. Best friend ever? We think so!
Country star Kellie Pickler might just be the best friend a girl could ever have—especially if you’re going through a rough patch. The “Tough” crooner sent in a video to Good Morning America on Wednesday showing something surprising: She took an electric razor to her signature blonde locks and shaved off her glorious mane! Why? Don’t worry; it’s not a stunt. In fact, it’s for a very good reason: Her best friend, Summer Holt Miller, started chemotherapy yesterday, so before she went in for her first treatment, Kellie shaved her head in support.
Kellie’s bestie was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. At 36, Summer is on the low end of when it comes to the chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer; according to the National Cancer Institute, for women between the ages of 30 and 39, the percentage measures in at 0.43. The percentage jumps to 1.45 for women between the ages of 40 and 49, so most women don’t begin getting mammograms until they hit 40.
But Summer, knowing that her family has a history of breast cancer, has always been vigilant about self-exams; because of this, she asked her doctor for a mammogram immediately when she suspected that something might be wrong—and thanks to the early mammogram, they caught the cancer in time.
Summer, who is a mother of two, underwent a double mastectomy earlier in the summer and was declared cancer-free in August. The chemotherapy she is currently undergoing is to help make sure that the cancer doesn’t come back.
About their head-shaving adventures, the BFFs had this to say: “Cancer does not discriminate,” said Kellie, before Summer added, “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.” Hear, hear!
Summer is maintaining a positive outlook; she wrote the following last week on her Caring Bridge blog:
“I’m going ahead and shaving my head… because I was told that it was mentally much easier to do it this way than to wake up with hair on my pillow. I’m really not that apprehensive about shaving my head. It is hair and it will grow back. However, I am secretly hoping that it grows back like my friend Tonia Icenhour’s did… thick and curly!”
We’re crossing our fingers for you, Summer! Catch the GMA video of Kellie and Summer shedding their locks here:
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.