President George H.W. Bush shaves head to support boy with cancer

Son of Secret Service detail member battling leukemia

Published  6:12 AM HST Jul 25, 2013
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine -

President George H. W. Bush has joined members of his Secret Service detail in shaving his head to show his support for the 2-year-old son of a detail member who is being treated for leukemia and started losing his hair.

The former president shaved his head earlier this week after learning, and seeing, that many members of his security detail had already gone under the razor to show their support for young Patrick, whose father Jon is a member of the Bush protective division.

Bush's protective division has also launched a website called Patrick's Pals to help with the boy's medical bills.

They have organized Patrick's Pals Motorcycle Benefit Run on Aug 10 in Kennebunkport. The 50-mile motorcycle ride through Maine will be followed by lunch and a silent auction to raise money for Patrick's treatments.

In addition to shaving his head, President Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush made a donation to Patrick's Pals.

The Bushes lost their second child, Robin, to leukemia at the age of 4.

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