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Kellie Pickler Shaves Her Head In Support of Her Best Friend With Breast Cancer

Kellie with best friend, Summer Miller


You know, I’m not a big country fan, but Kellie Pickler seems sweet.  I know. She plays the silly, dumb blonde hillbilly–but she does it well.  (She’s pretty hilarious when she visits the Ellen show, admit it.)  It’s like she’ll be taking over for Dolly Parton at some point.

Anyway.  Pickler shaved her head in solidarity for her best friend, whom she refers to as her “sister”, Summer Miller, 36, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

via HuffPo:

“According to a press release on Pickler’s Facebook page, the two women have known each other since childhood and Kellie refers to Summer as her “sister.”

Miller has a family history of breast cancer, and has always been cautious with self-examinations. Thanks to vigilant monitoring by her doctor, they were able to detect a tumor while it was still in its early stages, and more likely to respond to treatment. Miller recently underwent a double mastectomy and will begin chemotherapy on Aug. 6.

“Cancer does not discriminate,” Pickler told “GMA”, and Miller 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.”

This is nice to see, and I’m naive enough (ahem) to believe that this is not a PR stunt by Kellie.  I mean, can you picture that other blonde from American Idol shaving her head??


Adam Yauch, Beastie Boys MCA, Dies at 47 From Cancer

Beastie Boys back in the day...

Lord, this is sad.  That f*cker, cancer strikes again.  Adam Yauch (aka MCA) has passed away today from a three year battle with cancer of the salivary gland.

via Billboard.com

“Yauch underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland in July 2009. Treatment included radiation therapy, and in December of that year, he sent a email message to fans to share that we was feeling “healthy, strong and hopeful” he’d beaten the disease. The exact cause and place of death wasn’t immediately known.

The Beasties’ lineup of Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Yauch came together in Brooklyn in 1983; the group’s debut album, 1986’s “Licensed To Ill,” was produced by Rick Rubin and featured iconic singles like “No Sleep Til Brooklyn,” “Brass Monkey” and “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party).” After touring the world behind “Ill,” the Beastie Boys changed up their sound with 1989 album “Paul’s Boutique,” a critically lauded, sample-heavy record that featured production from the Dust Brothers.

Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist who I loved dearly. I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us,” said Russell Simmons, whose Def Jam Recordings released the group’s multi-platinum debut “Licensed to Ill” in 1986.”

The Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch, center, with Michael Diamond and Adam Horowitz

Photo via: Billboard.com

Yount was quoted about the induction of the Beastie Boys this year into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame:

“We’re in the rock and roll hall of fame? That’s f—-n’ crazy and awesome!” the group said in a statement. “While we are very proud of the music we make, we have to acknowledge the inspiration from our families, friends and musicians like the slits, bad brains, x-ray spex, the treacherous three and too many others to possibly name. And most of all, we give thanks to New York City and the world of musical influence it provided for us.”

In addition to his career with the Beastie Boys, Yauch was heavily involved in the movement to Free Tibet and co-organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts of the late ’90s.

Here’s a Seattle shout-out to the badassness this IS the Beastie Boys:

This really sucks….47 years old?  Don’t take your lives for granted, people.  Just don’t.

Guiliana Rancic to Undergo Double Mastectomy

Bill and Guiliana Rancic Appearing on The Today Show

Photo via: NBC/TODAY

Ugh.  This is tough.   E!‘s correspondent and reality show star, Guiliana Rancic has made the very difficult choice of undergoing a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.

via People.com

“Appearing with husband Bill Rancic on NBC’s Today show, the E! host, 36, said the couple considered another lumpectomy and radiation. But they are choosing the more drastic option, she said, because they want to be sure the cancer is gone, and make it much less likely to return – less than a 1 percent chance, according to her doctors.

“For me, it was important to get the cancer out,” she said. “That’s what I wanted to do, just get it out.”
The couple’s desire for children did play a part. The years of medication that follow the lumpectomy-radiation option would have meant delaying parenthood for several years. But the real decision was more basic than that.

“At the end, to be honest, all it came down to was just choosing to live, and not looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life,” Rancic said.

She said her husband’s support was crucial in reaching the decision. “Bill said to me, ‘I just need you around for the next 50 years, kid,’ ” she said. “He said, ‘I don’t care what you look like, I don’t care about the physical portion of this. I just need you around for the next 50 years. So, let’s just get you healthy.’ And that certainly helped me come to a decision.”

She added: “I couldn’t be more at peace with the decision. But it’s hard, and I still break down some nights … But I’m okay.”

Wow.  God bless you, Guiliana.  What a devastating, yet more than likely life-saving decision to make.