President Bush shaves head to encourage child with cancer

George H.W. Bush and security detail shave heads for 2-year-old with leukemia

POSTED: 03:44 PM CDT Jul 24, 2013    UPDATED: 06:34 PM CDT Jul 24, 2013 
George H.W. Bush, security detail shave their heads

Former President George H.W. Bush has shaved his head to show solidarity for the sick child of a Secret Service agent.

A statement issued by a Bush spokesman Wednesday says the 89-year-old former president acted earlier this week at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

That was after he saw members of his Secret Service detail with newly shaved heads to show support for the 2-year-old son of an agent. The child is undergoing treatment for leukemia and is losing his hair as a result.

The Bush spokesman identified the boy only as Patrick.

George and Barbara Bush lost their second child, 4-year-old Robin Bush, to leukemia almost 60 years ago.

The security detail has launched a website to help with expenses associated with Patrick’s treatment.