George H.W. Bush shaved his head on Wednesday to show support for his security detail’s 2-year-old son, who is battling leukemia.
The sweet photo taken after the shave shows the 89-year-old former president smiling as he holds little Patrick on his lap.
Bush’s touching gesture comes nearly 60 years after he and his wife, Barbara Bush, lost their 4-year-old daughter Robin to leukemia. Robin, their second child after son George W. Bush, died in October 1953.
Every single member of Bush’s Secret Service detail, including Patrick’s father, Jon, shaved their heads.
As 2-year-old Patrick undergoes chemotherapy, Bush’s Protective Division has launched a website at www.patrickspals.org to assist with Patrick’s medical bills.
The website shows that Patrick was diagnosed with leukemia several months ago. The site reads, “While his prognosis is very positive, there will be many years of treatment ahead. We cannot thank both President AND Mrs. Bush enough for their generosity and concern!”
Bush’s decision to shave his head was praised on Twitter.
Former President Bill Clinton tweeted:
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) July 24, 2013
President Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, also tweeted:
Noted w/great admiration: "Frmr President George H.W. Bush shaved his head to support a 2-year-old cancer patient | http://t.co/CvIsNRjOny"
— Jay Carney (EOP) (@PressSec) July 24, 2013
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