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Bush 41 shaves head in support of 2-year-old cancer patient

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President George H.W. Bush and Patrick on July 24, 2013, after the former president shaved his head in solidarity with the 2-year-old, who is the son of a Secret Service agent and is being treated for leukemia. President George H.W. Bush and Patrick on July 24, 2013, after the former president shaved his head in solidarity with the 2-year-old, who is the son of a Secret Service agent and is being treated for leukemia.
President George H.W. Bush with his U.S. Secret Service Protective Detail and Patrick. President George H.W. Bush with his U.S. Secret Service Protective Detail and Patrick.

By Jeff Black, Staff Writer, NBC News

(NBC) - When George H.W. Bush — aka "Bush 41" — was president he famously gave out awards for his "thousand points of light" as a way to recognize people doing noble volunteer work.

And now that the ex-president has shaved his head in solidarity with a 2-year-old leukemia patient, Patrick, maybe he should give himself one of those points of light.

Patrick is the son of a Secret Service agent, Jon, who is assigned to Bush's security detail in Kennebunkport, Maine.  (Their last names were withheld at the family's request.)

Recently, other members of the security unit started to bare their domes in support of Patrick, and they started to raise money for his treatment.

The 89-year-old Bush and his wife, Barbara, took notice. They had lost their second child, Robin, to leukemia 60 years ago in October at the age of 4.

Members of the Secret Service unit known as Bush Protective Division even launched a website to help raise money to pay Patrick's medical bills: PatricksPals.org. They have also organized a benefit motorcycle run in Kennebunkport, where the Bushes maintain a seaside home.

So, the former president and first lady made a donation, and he even went as far as shaving his head  earlier this week.

A news release sent out of Bush's office raised attention to the effort to help Patrick.

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