George H.W. Bush, America’s 41st President, now sports a shiny crown, along with his Secret Service staffers. The senior Bush, now 89, shaved his head July 24 in support of the two-year-old son of a member of the former President’s protective detail.
The boy, identified publicly only as “Patrick,” is battling leukemia, a form of cancer similar to that which took the life of a young Bush daughter six decades ago. The child, named Robin, was sister to George W. Bush, who served as the 43rd U.S. President.
Physicians have indicated that Patrick’s prognosis is good, although he must undergo a long series of treatments. Patrick has already lost his hair, leading to the staff-wide head-shaving trend.
To help with medical costs for the toddler, a group named Patrick’s Pals is organizing a 50-mile motorcycle benefit run, scheduled for August 10 in Kennebunkport, Maine, where the former President and First Lady reside. The event includes a silent auction and a fund-raiser luncheon. Apparently, the Bush family has already contributed to the boy’s medical fund.
“We cannot thank both President and Mrs. Bush enough for their generosity and concern,” reads a statement on the Patrick’s Pals website. “Two-year-old Patrick is ‘our’ little guy,”
Although the head-shaving of Bush and his security staffers was not an official St. Baldrick’s event, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation posted this June 24 statement on Facebook: “Thank you, President George H.W. Bush for shaving your head in solidarity with kids with cancer.”
So now we know how the former President will style his hair for the August fund-raiser for Patrick’s Pals. And that’s a story everyone can take a shine to – no matter what political party one may support.
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