Former President George H.W. Bush shaves head to support toddler with leukemia

Posted July 24, 2013, at 6:17 p.m.
Last modified July 25, 2013, at 10:27 a.m.
Former President George H.W. Bush poses at Walker's Point, Maine, after joining members of his Secret Service detail in shaving his head to show support for Patrick, the two year-old son of a detail member who is being treated for leukemia and started losing his hair.
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Former President George H.W. Bush poses at Walker's Point, Maine, after joining members of his Secret Service detail in shaving his head to show support for Patrick, the two year-old son of a detail member who is being treated for leukemia and started losing his hair.

DALLAS — Former President George H.W. Bush shaved his salt and pepper locks in solidarity with a 2-year-old boy who lost his hair from leukemia treatments, his office said in a statement on Wednesday.

Bush, 89, and members of his security detail, shaved their heads to support Patrick, the son of one of Bush’s security detail.

Photos released by Bush’s office show 26 other security staff posing with Bush and Patrick, all of whom have only a light dust of peach fuzz atop their heads. The last name of the boy was withheld at the request of his family.

The security detail members also launched a website, www.patrickspals.org, to assist with the toddler’s medical bills.

Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, and his wife Barbara, lost a 4-year-old daughter, Robin, to leukemia nearly 60 years ago this October.

 

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