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Updated: July 26, 2013 02:35 IST

Bush Sr.’s empathy for a child stricken with cancer

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This July 24, 2013 photo provided by the Office of George H.W. Bush shows the former President with Patrick, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Patrick, the son of one of the former President’s secret service agents, is undergoing treatment for leukaemia and is losing his hair as a result.
AP This July 24, 2013 photo provided by the Office of George H.W. Bush shows the former President with Patrick, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Patrick, the son of one of the former President’s secret service agents, is undergoing treatment for leukaemia and is losing his hair as a result.

Former President George H.W. Bush has shaved his head to show solidarity for the sick child of a Secret Service agent.

A statement issued by a Bush spokesman on Wednesday says the 89-year-old former President acted earlier this week at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. That was after he saw members of his Secret Service detail with newly shaved heads to show support for the 2-year-old son of an agent. The child’s undergoing treatment for leukaemia and is losing his hair as a result.

The Bush spokesman identified the boy only as Patrick.

George and Barbara Bush lost their second child, 4-year-old Robin Bush, to leukaemia almost 60 years ago.

The security detail has launched a website, www.patrickspals.org , to help with expenses associated with Patrick's treatment.

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