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Former President George H.W. Bush shaves head for toddler fighting leukemia

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is pictured in Walker's Point, Maine in this July 24, 2013 handout photo after joining members of his Secret Service detail in shaving his head to show support for Patrick, (surname being withheld per family's request), the two year-old son of a detail member who is being treated for leukemia and started losing his hair.

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is pictured in Walker's Point, Maine in this July 24, 2013 handout photo after joining members of his Secret Service detail in shaving his head to show support for Patrick, (surname being withheld per family's request), the two year-old son of a detail member who is being treated for leukemia and started losing his hair.

By Lisa Maria Garza

DALLAS -- 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.