Kellie Pickler has stood beside her best friend, Summer Holt Miller, throughout her friend’s breast cancer diagnosis. The pair, who affectionately call each other “sisters,” have been beside each other since the diagnosis in June. Yesterday, in Nashville, Kellie took a big step of support for her friend by shaving her hair. The girls are trying to promote awareness of early detection of breast cancer, and revealed their new looks on ABC’s Good Morning America today. The pair shared Summer’s story, who was just 36 years old when she found out the news.
“Cancer does not discriminate,” an emphatic Pickler shared with viewers. “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 echoed.
Summer, who was aware of her family history with breast cancer, had always been cautious with her self-examinations. However, the mother of two had not been diligent with her doctor and requested a mammogram. Had the tumor not been detected so early it would have been fatal. She will undergo chemotherapy this week and has already been through a double mastectomy.
A behind-the-scenes video of the girls getting their hair cuts and sharing their story is available on athenawater.com. Athena will make a donation to the American Cancer Society in Summer’s honor. They’ll be donating a minimum of $2 million for cancer awareness, care, and research by 2014.
Check out the pictures of Kellie and Summer’s new look below:
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