Kellie Pickler shaves head to support friend battling cancer
September 5th, 2012
02:55 PM ET

Kellie Pickler shaves head to support friend battling cancer

Everyone has their own ways of showing support for a loved one facing a cancer diagnosis, and for Kellie Pickler, it meant standing in hairstyle solidarity.

In a video she submitted to "Good Morning America," the "American Idol" alum and her best friend, Summer Miller, shaved off their hair in preparation for Miller's chemotherapy treatment, which is scheduled to begin Thursday.

Miller, whom Pickler refers to as her "sister," was diagnosed with breast cancer in June.

Miller's just 35, but as Pickler says in her statement to ABC News, "cancer does not discriminate," and it's important to aim for early detection.

"If this compels even one person to change their mentality toward waiting until the age of 40 for their mammogram, then it will be well worth it," Pickler added.

And with her new buzz cut, it looks like Pickler has a Halloween costume already in the bag: "Thinking about being 'G.I. Jane' for Halloween," she tweeted with a wink on Wednesday.

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  3. jimdandy

    Now if only Kellie Pickler were famous or a celebrity, her efforts might make a difference. As it stands now, her gesture will be noticed by about as many people as would take notice if I shaved MY head...

    September 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • allie

      Actually, she IS well known, especially in the military community. She is a huge draw to the troops overseas and is always ready for photo ops, signing autographs, etc. She is a refreshing sight for our troops that are in the middle of their deployments. Don't be so quick to bash someone when you don't know what they're all about.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. True

    the woman is a true friend, fantastic personality, beautiful and guts.
    i like these type of women..i can't stand women who are pathetic...

    September 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Miss.Melissa

    You Are AMAZINGā™„

    September 8, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • CarolSong

      I didn't know how truly loving this feels until my boys shaved their head when I lost mine because of chemo. They made a game of it and it helped me through it big time.

      September 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fryde and clyde

    amazing friendship.

    September 8, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. DHW

    your a bore

    September 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Meh


    September 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ThanksHmIn40min

    fantastic friend..

    how did it home–
    out with group sat. much easier.

    September 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tim

    another person that could benifit from hemp oil. run from the cure. google

    September 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Huh

    Wow. If Kelly Pickler thinks mammograms should begin at 35 that totally trumps what actual trained scientists, researchers, and professional medical and nursing bodies have to say about it.

    September 6, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • MAX

      Funny...the woman next to Pickler is 35....she has cancer... is it me, or am I missing something here.

      September 10, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rob

    That's what friends do. Bless her heart. Both of them.

    September 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SHE AINT HERE BUT WE BE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8


    September 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JD

    I think she shaved her head so they could install a brain in her. A nice show of support too!

    September 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • SnafuBob

      Really? What is up with people like you? I know you're trying to be cute and funny but seriously...I hope you haven't had to go through watching someone close to you or a loved one suffer through cancer and chemo treatments. Regardless of intelligence I commend her for supporting her friend in such a way. I watched my father die at 53 years of age just last year, fellas it works both ways for women and men. Get screened early, if my father had gone for a screening when he felt discomfort he would be alive today and watch my son continue to grow up. Don't be ashamed of getting a colon, prostate, or other invasive screening. It could very well save your life and give hope to those who care and love you, and maybe someone you don't know at all.

      September 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    You ROCK, Kellie! Two hot and hairless ladies!

    September 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Michael Caliazzo

    She is quite beautiful.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Michael Caliazzo

    I built her Garden home in Maine!

    September 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  18. walldammitt

    me too ... terrible disease

    September 6, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  19. ah...

    I have had several friends who have battled breast cancer. It is the fight of your life. This is the time when you really need your family & friends. I applaud Kellie for supporting her friend during this truly tough fight. Best of luck for her friend Summer with her battle with this dreaded disease.

    September 6, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  20. *


    September 6, 2012 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  21. monster

    What a beautiful thing to do. Who cares if she is getting publicity. She looks better bald anyway. Very beautiful and again a beautiful thing to do.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  22. Sheila Routh

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer back in March. I am a baldy also. I said I picked the best summer to get cancer cause not having hair has sure made this summer alittle warmer!!!!! LOL Thanks Kelli for showing your support to your friend like that cause it also shows support for the rest of us too!!! God Bless You!!!

    September 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  23. best

    good friend

    September 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  24. booggalloo

    Now that is true friendship. I would do the same for my friend.

    Bald women are by far better looking that bald men:)

    September 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  25. 2 Places at 1 Time?

    ncis wannabe–

    there about about 10 of me in disguise..pumps, red lipstick, black careful you may not be talking to the real one it
    maybe an imposter

    September 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  26. did u think is i said traaaaaacked for my health?

    now please hacker...keep quiet unless its fun.

    September 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Sandy

    I think it's a wonderful thing what Kellie did in support of her friend and,for those of you that is cursing her for what she did,obviously you have never had anyone that you loved or cared about with this terrible disease well I have I lost my mom to cancer,you know what I say karma comes back around which,I don't wish this terrible disease on my worst emeny so think before you speak........

    September 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |

    ko blog is getting checked not because you said its not you understand how a hacking co works.
    they look for talkers. off to beauty treatment.

    September 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  29. the pub.. was for a reason..

    Hacker co's look for talkers and you talked every single time i opened my mouth.
    I have gig for 840 people tommorrow night..when we get the name of whoever you wil be
    phoned and they will let you know i know, that will be it...'WHOEVER YOU ARE" of course.

    i should have been a NCIS agent.

    September 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  30. KO

    I dont blame her. The publicity was running a little dry.

    I kid. I kid...
    Though I am probably right.

    September 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. you will do it again...because you talk too much

    we will get the docs, make communcation and we will let you know we know who you are.
    that will be it. you will step in poop for computer #3

    September 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Suesan Borts-Bredall

    @kellypickler- What a touching way to let your friend know she is not in the fight alone. If this raises cancer awareness in anyway, I am very greatful.

    September 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  33. You will F-Up bets on it.

    But will let you know who you are.

    September 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Grace

    She still looks great; what a friend! The best to her friend as she prepares to go through chemo! To all the people out there suffering from cancer(s); stay positive, and try to have a great support group to get you through every day; it's an emotional roller-coaster on so many different levels.

    September 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  35. you will F Up again.


    September 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  36. JTodd

    Don't let anyone change the age for mammograms. They need to start by age 40 at the latest. They are not a "waste of money" as some politicians and insurance companies would have you believe. Fight back against government and insurance companies attempts to get the age of mammograms raised to 50

    September 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  37. and you will f up and walk right the next computer


    September 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  38. when you hack...

    your not suppose to talk alot because that is the first thing a hacker company looks for is a big mouth

    September 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  39. off for my "facial"

    bye -–

    September 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Hackers

    like everyones says it talks toooo much...that's the problem.

    September 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Bore

    look for computer number 3 next.

    September 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  42. As God as my witness...

    we will get the name...and you will f up and go to the next computer...

    September 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Big Smokey

    Nice Noggin!

    September 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Your Boring

    just cause i'm singing ... that doesn't somebody isn't watching-

    September 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  45. the no joke from yesterday...

    is the fell into the second computer at approximately 9pm.
    you talk too much... that's why its so easy for everyone...

    September 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  46. you walk into it every single time...

    your not that in the file since 10pm last night...want to try another

    September 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • lantenec

      What on god's green and verdant f@#$ing earth are babbling about you moron?

      September 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |


    September 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  48. L. Oser

    fantastic girl

    September 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  49. LOU

    wow what a friend.

    September 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Lmichelle

    I hope Kelly's hair doesnt grow back. Dang white girl.

    September 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  51. SUE

    they are both beautiful.

    September 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |

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