George H W Bush shaves head in support of boy with leukemia

Bush, 89, and members of his security detail, shaved their heads to support Patrick.


Reuters July 25, 2013
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.

DALLAS: Former US President George H W Bush shaved his salt and pepper comb-over 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.

COMMENTS (2)

Nayla | 8 years ago | Reply

Why is this under the "Odd News" section? In the U.S., people shave their heads all the time in support of loves ones who are battling cancer. Rather than an "oddity", he did a wonderful thing to bring publicity to the child's plight with cancer, and to raise money for his family to pay for his treatment. I was never a fan of Bush, but I admire him for this.

Steve | 8 years ago | Reply

Maybe he secretly went for Umrah.. ;)

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