July 24th, 2013
05:03 PM ET
1 year ago

Bush 41, security detail, shave heads to show solidarity with young cancer patient

(CNN) – Last week, former President George H. W. Bush had a full head of hair when he gave President Barack Obama a pair of socks. Today, it's gone, shaved to the scalp in solidarity with a young cancer patient.

According to a statement from a spokesman for the 41st president, Bush shaved his head after members of his Secret Service detail shaved theirs, meant to show solidarity with Patrick, the two year-old son of one of the detail who is battling leukemia.

Members of the security detail have already created a website meant to raise money to pay for Patrick's treatment. His last name is being withheld along with that of his father Jon.

At 89, Bush shaved his head this week after making a donation to Patrick's leukemia treatment. Bush and his wife Barbara lost their second child, Robin, to the disease six decades ago at the age of four.

According to the release, the security detail is also organizing a motorcycle benefit run next month that will ride through the Maine countryside and host a lunch and silent auction to raise money for Patrick's treatment.


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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    OMG what a gorgeous looking kid!
    May God bless him, and restore his health.

    July 24, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Greg

    Did not like his policies, but major Kudos!

    July 24, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. km

    Don't the secret service folks have the health insurance from the federal government? Why do they need to raise money?

    July 24, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Natrldiver

    GB was always a stand up kind of guy. It is good to see him continue his charitable and supportive acts well into his later years. Good show GB!

    July 24, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Smiley

    At 89, he can do whatever he wants. Good for him and his security detail, and best of luck to the young patient.

    July 24, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "At 89, Bush shaved his head this week after making a donation to Patrick's leukemia treatment. Bush and his wife Barbara lost their second child, Robin, to the disease six decades ago at the age of four."

    What a nice, heartwarming gesture, to be sure. Kudos to Mr. Bush and his security detail, and a very loud shout out of God bless to little Patrick.

    July 24, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Nancy

    When I clicked on the website, it said not found. Can you please send me the website so I can make a donation for Patrick. I know in my heart that Patrick is going to defeat leukemia and going to fully recover. May god bless you dear child.

    July 24, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. Steve

    If republicans would allow obamacare with a public option this kid would get needed treatment without his parents begging for donations so he can get the medical help he needs.

    July 24, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. piscataquis

    Anyone want to lay odds on whether or not Obama would ever do something this awesome?

    July 24, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. spockmckoy

    Good for you George!

    July 24, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Joe Mama

    Wow, looks just like Emperor Palpatine the leader of the Galactic Empire.

    July 24, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. IronCelt01@live.com

    That was nice of 41. Too bad, though, that the stress of having a sick child is still compounded by the financial stress of paying for treatment. Even with pretty good insurance, there are still copays, deductibles, travel expenses, lost wages for a parent, etc.

    July 24, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Blessed

    @km-I lost 4 family members from cancer. I don't know of any insurance that pays 100% for cancer treatments. What a sweet little boy. I am praying for him and his family. Thank you Former President Bush for your empathy. I have been on the bone marrow registry list for 15 years. I was taught we should help and support others during their time of need.

    July 24, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. Bob

    Hey Smiley – at any age he can do whatever he wants!!

    July 24, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    Good lucks....

    July 24, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. Mariama Jabbie

    Such a kind hearted man,still doing zealon kinds of kindness.The GATES OF HEAVENS are wide open for you and of course Barbara at age130 years each.Make sure you PRAY FOR us mankind please. and give some TALKS ABOUT THE acts of kindness,there is TOO MUCH WICKEDNESS nowadays.

    July 24, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Dorkus Maximus

    Is Barbara shaving her head, too?

    July 24, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Ocho Cinco

    He didn't have much to shave.

    July 24, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. Gary

    Sweet little boy indeed !

    July 24, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Pike

    Pretty classy. I pray Patrick pulls through this rough spot.

    July 24, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    piscataquis

    Anyone want to lay odds on whether or not Obama would ever do something this awesome?
    -------------------------------------------------
    You're sicker than this child will EVER be.
    God bless you too.

    July 24, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Robert

    Didn't always agree with his policies but my hat's off to you sir! You're a stand up guy!

    July 24, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. smstrb

    You gotta love the guy.

    July 24, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. simplyput

    Don't forget the stress of monthly premiums half the amount of your rent with no subsidies, due to federal exchanges which will allow no subsidies for the poor in states like Texas.

    July 24, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. jew zeus

    wicked sweet !!

    July 24, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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