Kellie Pickler Shaves Her Head in Support of Cancer-Fighting Friend

09/05/2012 at 10:45 AM ET

Kellie Pickler Shaved Head
Courtesy Russ Harrington

Now this is friendship. Kellie Pickler appeared in a video clip on Good Morning America Wednesday sporting a very different look: a totally shaved head.

The country starlet buzzed off her blonde locks on Tuesday in support of her best friend, Summer Holt Miller, 36, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in June and is starting chemotherapy treatments on Thursday.

“Cancer does not discriminate,” Pickler said in a release. Added Miller, “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.”

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.” Catch a behind-the-scenes clip of the women shaving their heads on Tuesday hereWhat do you think of Pickler’s move? And leave your well-wishes for Miller in the comments below! 

–Kate Hogan

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Mrs.P on

I’ve always thought Kellie Pickler was a bit of a ditz, but obviously she is a dedicated and thoughtful friend. Good for you, Kellie, for being supportive, and best wishes to Summer Miller on a successful treatment and speedy recovery.

whatever on

she’s a sweet person


What a great friend!!

jessica on

kelly pickler is an amazing woman for doing this!!!

Tara on

I would totally do that for a loved one as well! We have to stick together with the good and the bad! Cool story!

Linda on

I think Kelly is a wonderful friend to do something so drastic in support of her friend. They both look beautiful!!

Pam on

How sweet! You can see in this picture that Kellie really loves her. I love that!

CJ on

As a Breast Cancer Survivor myself, I think that what Kellie did for her BFF and every other woman that has gone through Breast Cancer is beyond words! Love to you!

Ani on

What a great friend! I would do the same for mine and probably mine would do it for me. A lesson of love and support! :)

Linda on

Summer, I wish you all the best. Sounds like both of you are lucky to have each other. You are both beautiful women-inside and out! What’s a little hair between friends!

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