July 24th, 2013
05:03 PM ET
10 years 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.

Filed under: George H. W. Bush
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Kathy Mitcham

    Wonderful way to support a family and especially a child who is battling leukemia! A class act, President Bush!

    July 25, 2013 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  2. Pete

    This is what a REAL President looks like, and acts like.
    He empathizes with the truly needy, and shares their ordeals as best he can.
    He never penalized his people to make them pay when he didn't get his way.
    Against great odds, he tried to unite us as Americans, rather than divide us racially, politically, and economically.
    He never went out of his way to attack those whose philosophies differed from his own, or his Party’s.
    He never turned his back on his own people, whether ordinary citizens or ambassadors, or abandon them, leaving them to die with great pain at the hands of terrorists, and then turn around and minimize the act perpetrated against our Country.
    He was, and still IS a man of High Honor and Integrity, a trait passed on to his Family. He is an American id Mind, Body and Heart. He is who all Presidents, past and future, should be held up to for comparison.
    Thank you, Mr. President, for your service to your Country!

    July 25, 2013 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  3. Alan

    God bless the child and help his parents.
    Where are the medical coverage for this family?
    Where are the $millions of oil for the Bush family? Can't they just dump some fractions of a $million and save the child?

    July 25, 2013 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  4. Yogi Berra

    Thank God for Obamacare. Now if you get sick, you only have to pay out of pocket up to a certain point and there are no more annual or lifetime caps on coverage.

    July 25, 2013 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  5. Erik

    That's a great story. GB looks like an old version of the kid. Best wishes for the kid.

    July 25, 2013 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  6. amlo

    what a kind hearted GB I pray that God who cured all disease will heal the young boy. NIGERIA LEADERS BOTH PAST AND PRESENT!!! THIS A GREAT EXAMPLE AND LESSON FOR YOU.

    July 25, 2013 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  7. Travis L. Bean

    Cancer is not an incurable disease, it is caused from pollutants in our environment.

    The primary cause of cancer is radiation exposure (not just ultraviolet, it is large particle radiation that makes its way to earth – cosmic rays). The best way to protect yourself is to only go outside in the early morning or late afternoon after the sun is behind the horizon.

    Here is my recommendation for anyone who is battling cancer:

    Graviola extract – 2oz (one dropper full of extract on tongue – morning, midday, and evening).
    Cat's Claw extract – 2oz (one dropper full of extract on tongue – morning, midday, and evening).
    Amygdalin B17 – 100 capsules (2 500mg caps per day).
    Paw Paw Cell-Reg – 180 capsules (4 caps per day).

    After this initial treatment, test to determine how successful is the outcome? You may need to repeat this initial treatment. For preventative maintenance, a half-dozen apricot kernels per day will provide a small dose of Amygdalin to ward off any reoccurance.

    Godspeed Patrick!

    July 25, 2013 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  8. bankrupt to student loans

    Kids go through hell with that disease. No kid should ever have to deal with that.

    July 25, 2013 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  9. Gary Ugarek

    Never cared for his politics, but much respect to him for doing this... other republicans could learn from his compassion.

    July 25, 2013 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  10. mallethead329

    Just another example of how decent this man has been his entire life. Too bad it means basically nothing to today's America. First hand experience... oral Leukemia medicine costs $135,000 a year. I'm fourtunate to have great insurance. Not everone is so blessed.

    July 25, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  11. Jerry

    I am NOT a Republican, but most of the Bush family seem to be REAL classy people.

    Can you imagine if only Mr. Obama emulated some of the family's traits and loved/cared about América as they seem do.

    I am not holding my breath, though. REALLY!!!

    July 25, 2013 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  12. Survivor

    Yes they have Government insurance, however like most it pays 80 percent and you pay 20 percent. the 20 percent can add up. Contrary to what most Republicans want you to believe federal insurance is not free medical care. They also have to pay premiums

    July 25, 2013 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  13. marc

    Reply to Piscataquis: Obama did, he laid the foundation for kids and people like Patrick that they would have good health care. Too many children see their families ripped apart by not having health insurance or having poor health insurance that they can barely afford. Hats off to Pres. Bush for shaving his head to help, but seriously.... its not enough.

    July 25, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  14. Patriot29

    His detail are probably like family to him and this young man (and his family) need as much prayer and support as possible. At 89 it is certain that GB can see and feel his mortality. What a kind and gracious act on his behalf to show that level of support to his staff. In third grade we lost a fellow scout in our den to the same. My father had chosen him for the medal at the scouts olympics race where the boy and I had finished even and tied in event. Dad then asked me to not question or challenge his decision in the ceremony closing, but to allow him the honor, which was hard because I'd never won that race's medal. 6 months later I attended this boy's funeral and saw he was buried wearing that medal, as a prize for achievement leaving this world. What a lesson that was.

    July 25, 2013 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  15. Bart

    @Nancy: If his case is typical, he has about a 90% chance of cure. My 21 year old son had leukemia (twice) as a child, is now 15+ years off chemo and doing well.

    July 25, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  16. Richard

    I just love the way people rally around expres bush. Its too bad all those kids in Iraq are not around to shave their heads. Because of his incompetence many young American soldiers died. He should have told the Kuwaitis' to give Sadam the money they stole from him. Why in this country do we forget just what despicable things people have done, then heap kudos on him because he soes something so simple.

    July 25, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  17. Dave

    Isn't that treatment covered by ObamaCare?

    July 25, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  18. Karin

    If Obama had a son would he look like him? This is the kind of children President Obama should be focusing on ....not thugs....God Bless this child...and God Bless George

    July 25, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
1 2 3 4 5