Kellie Pickler appeared on Good Morning America early Wednesday morning with a brand new look and an emotional story to tell. The country star shaved off her signature blonde hair in support of her best friend, Summer Holt Miller, who, at the young age of 36, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was diagnosed in June after doctors found a tumor – removed by a double mastectomy – and will begin chemotherapy treatments on Thursday.
“Cancer does not discriminate,” Pickler said. Her best friend 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.”
Pickler is calling her selfless act a “life-changing day.”
“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 on her Caring Bridge website. “I’m really not that apprehensive about shaving my head. It is hair and it will grow back.”
See a behind-the-scenes clip of Pickler and Miller shaving their heads here!
PHOTO COURTESY RUSS HARRINGTON