Kellie Pickler Not Shaving Her Head Again, but Still Fighting for a Cause this Breast Cancer Awareness Month
updated 10/03/2014 AT 06:30 AM EDT
•originally published 10/02/2014 AT 12:00 PM EDT
"I knew there would be a ton of pink here tonight and I didn't want to disappear into the walls or even worse – clash!" Pickler joked. "There are a surprising number of shades of pink! My friend Summer [Miller] is here tonight and she's wearing pink for us both."
Miller is Pickler's hometown friend whom she shaved her head in solidarity with after Miller was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 at just 36 years old.
"Sometimes when you get bad news, it's hard at first to see the good, you just see the negative, but it's been amazing to see the good that has come out of all this," said Pickler, referring to the behind-the-scenes video of the two pals shaving their heads, produced by Athena Water. "It raised so much money and so much awareness for breast cancer."
Now, even more good will come through "Welcome Yourself," the tune Grant co-wrote with her friend, cancer survivor Beth Nielsen Chapman.
"Beth … was at our house for dinner one night and as she was leaving I said 'Beth, I need your help, tell me your story,' " Grant recalled. "Beth and I got together and were fleshing it out, and my sister came over and I asked if I could play the song for her. She got very emotional and said, 'That's every woman's story. We're all creating the environment for being caretakers of everyone else and we forget to welcome ourselves into being.' I still can't get through performing the song without choking up."
It's a cause that is very dear to Grant's heart. "There were just 82 girls in my Harpeth Hall graduating class and six have been diagnosed with cancer," she said. "One passed away and five are survivors. This is so important to me."
"Welcome Yourself" is available on iTunes, with 77 cents of each download going to support the American Cancer Society's fight to end breast cancer now through Dec. 31, 2014.
Said Pickler: "Cancer doesn't discriminate when it comes to age. Summer was just 36, but since then, we've learned of 20-year-olds who have been diagnosed. I'm still too young for mammograms, but all women need to do monthly self-exams. We have to take care of ourselves."