Country singer Kellie Pickler has shaved her head in solidarity with her childhood best friend, who is battling breast cancer.
Kellie made the gesture on Good Morning America today, shaving off her long blonde hair.
The American Idol alumni, 26, was joined by her childhood best friend Summer Holt Miller who was diagnosed with the disease in June at the age of just 36.
‘Cancer does not discriminate,’ Kellie said, adding that early detection was key.
Summer has undergone a mastectomy and will begin chemotherapy today.
The treatment would have caused her hair to fall out, leading to her and Kellie to decide to shave their heads.
Summer said she hoped their appearance would encourage more women to speak to their doctors about breast cancer.
‘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,’ she said.
Kellie tweeted: ‘It’s been a great life-changing day.’
Kellie, who is married to songwriter Kyle Jacobs, met Summer when they were both teen pageant hopefuls. They have been best friends ever since.
Since finishing sixth on the fifth season of American Idol, Kellie has gone on to forge a successful career as a country music artist.
She has released three albums, the first of which, Small Town Girl, sold 800,000 copies.
Love it! What a great friend! Would you do the same?