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Bush '41' shaves head to support Secret Service agent's sick son

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Photo - Former President George H.W. Bush who shaved his head to support Patrick, the son of a Secret Service agent suffering from leukemia. Photo taken July 24, 2013 on Walker's Point. Office of George Bush
Former President George H.W. Bush who shaved his head to support Patrick, the son of a Secret Service agent suffering from leukemia. Photo taken July 24, 2013 on Walker's Point. Office of George Bush
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Former President George H.W. Bush has again proven why he has the most loyal following of former aides and supporters of any president.

His office on Wednesday said that the 89-year-old shaved his head in solidarity with a U.S. Secret Service agent's two-year-old son who is being treated for leukemia and is losing his hair. The boy's father is on Bush's security detail and they also shaved their heads to support the boy.

The former first family has their own relationship with the deadly disease. Their daughter Robin died of leukemia at just four years old.

From Bush's office in Kennebunkport, Maine, where the first family is staying this summer:

KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE -- President George H. W. Bush this week joined members of his Secret Service detail in shaving his head to show his support for the two year-old son of a detail member who is being treated for leukemia and has started losing his hair.

The 89 year-old commander-in-chief took the unusual step earlier this week after learning, and seeing, that many members of his security detail had already gone under the razor to show their support for young Patrick, whose father Jon is a member of the Bush Protective Division (BPD). (Surname being withheld per family's request.)

BPD members have also launched a website at www.patrickspals.org to assist with Patrick's medical bills, and organized the Inaugural Patrick's Pals Motorcycle Benefit Run on August 10th in Kennebunkport -- a 50-mile motorcycle ride through the Maine countryside followed by a lunch and silent auction to raise funds for Patrick's treatments.

Once President and Mrs. Bush learned of this "Patrick's Pals" effort, they made a donation and President Bush volunteered to shave his head as well. The Bushes lost their second child, Robin, to leukemia 60 years ago this October at the age of four.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.

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