Kellie Pickler has shaved her head, in a show of support for her best friend, who is battling breast cancer.
The country music singer appeared on Good Morning America as she had her head shaved to highlight the importance of women not waiting until the age of 40 for a mammogram.
Pickler stated, “Cancer does not discriminate.”
Kellie told viewers about her friend, Summer Holt Miller, who is described as her “longtime Bff, childhood friend and ‘sister’.”
Summer was diagnosed with breast cancer in June and has undergone a double mastectomy. Summer begins chemo this week.
Kellie wanted to show her support by shaving her head with her longtime pal Summer, tweeting, “It’s been a great life-changing day”.
Summer Holt also adds, “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.”
A behind-the-scenes video about Summer’s diagnosis and treatment will be shared at www.athenawater.com. Athena Water will make a monetary donation to the American Cancer Society in Summer’s honor, and will contribute a minimum of $2 million to support breast cancer awareness, care, education and research by 2014.
For every bottle of water purchased, a portion of the proceeds benefits breast cancer awareness.
“So many people feel helpless when a loved one is diagnosed with breast cancer,” says Athena CEO Dillon Schickli. “Athena gives everyone the chance to make a difference, with every bottle of water, 365 days of the year.”