George H.W. Bush shaves head in support of boy with leukemia

DALLAS Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:11pm EDT

DALLAS (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush shaved his salt and pepper comb-over locks in solidarity with a 2-year-old boy who lost his hair from leukemia treatments, his office said in a statement on Wednesday.

Bush, 89, and members of his security detail, shaved their heads to support Patrick, the son of one of Bush's security detail.

Photos released by Bush's office show 26 other security staff posing with Bush and Patrick, all of whom have only a light dust of peach fuzz atop their heads. The last name of the boy was withheld at the request of his family.

The security detail members also launched a website, www.patrickspals.org, to assist with the toddler's medical bills.

Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, and his wife Barbara, lost a 4-year-old daughter, Robin, to leukemia nearly 60 years ago this October.

(Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza; Editing by Greg McCune and Ken Wills)

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UnCoverUp_2 wrote:
Do Tealiban partiers “think” it is fiscally responsible for taxpayers to be employing the pictured 26-man Secret Service detail and their support staff to protect crooked politicians like the Bushes while systematically decelerating federal funding for basic medical research–as was done by the Reagan-Bush, Bush-Quayle and Bush-Cheney administrations? Like Alphonse “Al” Capone, Kenneth “Ken” Lay and, more recently and locally, Lisa A. Blue-Baron, the Bush clan uses their celebrity and photo ops like this one to keep a celebrity-doting  corporate media from doing its job informing the public about cover-ups of criminal activities like those surrounding the Iran-Contra Affair (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Contra_Affair), the Iran-Conoco Affair (http://www.scribd.com/UnCoverUp), and Texas Judge Bribery/Extortion Scandal (http://www.scribd.com/doc/81083863/Case-MDL-No-2119-Document-198-Filed-02-02-12 and http://www.scribd.com/doc/154974468/Petition).

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