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George H.W. Bush shaves head to encourage child

Thursday - 7/25/2013, 7:24am  ET

This July 24, 2013 photo provided by the Office of George Bush shows President George H. W. Bush, front center, with his Secret Service security detail including Jon, fifth from left, holding his son Patrick (last name withheld at family's request), 2, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush this week joined members of his Secret Service detail in shaving his head to show his support for the two-year-old who is being treated for leukemia and started losing his hair. (AP Photo/Office of George Bush)
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HOUSTON (AP) -- 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's 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, www.patrickspals.org , to help with expenses associated with Patrick's treatment.


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