Political opinions on the back burner, George H. W. Bush showed heroics last week in his summer-town of Kennebunkport, Maine. The 89-year old former president shaved his head every day last week to show solidarity and support for a 2-year-old boy undergoing Leukemia treatment.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
A handful of secret service officers joined the former president in the gesture to support their co-worker, Patrick's father, and his ill son.
According to Patrick's Pals group website, the 2-year-old boy was diagnosed with Leukemia last spring. Patrick's prognosis is optimistic, but he will face years of treatment to ensure that he goes into remission from the cancer. One common effect of chemotherapy is hair loss, but Bush and Patrick's pals are showing the boy that he will not go through treatment alone.
Leukemia is an issue that is close to the former president's own heart, as he witnessed the tragic effects of the disease first hand; he and his wife, Barbara, lost their second child, a 4-year old daughter named Robin to the cancer almost 60 years ago.