President Bush with little Patrick, a 2-year-old battling leukemia. (Source: Office of George Bush)
The entire Secret Service staff of President George H.W. Bush shaved their heads in solidarity of little Patrick. (Source: Office of George Bush)
KENNEBUNKPORT, ME (RNN) – Former President George H.W. Bush has a new, more modern look in support a youngster battling cancer.
His appearance may startle some – the clean shaven head of the 41st U.S. President is a new look, but it's not for himself.
Bush, 89, is showing his solidarity with the smallest member of his Secret Service detail, the Bush Protective Division.
Patrick, 2, is the son of BPD member Jon, and is battling leukemia, losing his hair during treatment. Their last name is being withheld at the request of the family.
Many of the BPD had already taken razors to their heads to shave for little Patrick, and Bush decided to join in.
Former first lady Barbara Bush not only allowed her husband to shave his head – the couple also made a donation to "Patrick's Pals," a fundraising effort to help Patrick's family pay for his medical bills.
"Patrick's Pals" will have the Inaugural Patrick's Pals Motorcycle Benefit Run on August 10 through the Maine countryside, with all proceeds going to Patrick's treatment.
The effort of "Patrick's Pals" is close to the heart of the President and Mrs. Bush - they lost their second child, Robin, to leukemia 60 years ago. Robin Bush was 4 years old and died in 1953.