Kellie Pickler and Pals Celebrate Opry Goes Pink

Grand Ole Opry helps the fight against breast cancer.

Kellie Pickler performed the honor as the “official switch flipper” when she and other stars joined the fight against breast cancer at the fourth annual “Opry Goes Pink” show at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tuesday night (Oct. 30). The Opry teamed up with Women Rock for the Cure for the special Opry performance. Sarah Darling, Mindy Smith, Little Jimmy Dickens, The Isaacs, Kristen Kelly and the trio The Farm also took the stage for pink-hued celebration.

Kellie opened the show by flipping the ceremonial switch, turning the Opry’s signature barn backdrop pink for the night, an honor she also performed last year. Kellie then performed her debut hit, “Red High Heels.”

Backstage, Kellie told Country Weekly that this year's “Opry Goes Pink” show was especially meaningful. Recently, her good friend Summer Holt Miller was diagnosed with breast cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. Kellie shaved her head in support of her friend.

“Being here again this year means even more, of course, because someone very close to me was diagnosed,” Kellie noted. “Summer and I really want to get the message out there and stress that cancer does not discriminate against age. Summer was only 36 when she found out and there are girls in their 20s who are suffering from breast cancer. The key is early detection.” Kellie added that her friend is “progressing well” and wanted to attend the Opry show, but was not feeling well enough to do so.

For Sarah Darling, this marked her first “Opry Goes Pink” performance. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of this night,” she said. “It’s for such a great cause. My grandmother had breast cancer and it was difficult to see her go through that.”

Sarah performed her current single, “Home to Me,” during her set. Mindy Smith sang a special version of her song “One Moment More,” which was written for her mother, Sharon, who died of breast cancer in 1991.

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