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.
“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??