George H.W. Bush’s Sweet Gesture
One has to hand it to former President of the United States, George H.W. Bush. Still recovering from a neck injury from a fall several weeks ago, Mr. Bush did something no other politician of his stature has done. In a gesture of support toward a little boy named Patrick who is suffering from leukemia, Mr. Bush actually had his head shaved so that the little boy wouldn’t feel left out.
Not only did Mr. Bush support the child, but 20 of the Secret Service detail joined in as well. The little boy is the son of one of the Secret Service agents, and they all pitched in to help.
In a few photos released earlier in the week, we can see Mr. Bush as bald as a cue ball. He’s got the boy in his lap and he’s smiling at the camera.
In another group photo, the Secret Service agents all pose with Mr. Bush and the child, showing their support as well.
It’s tough being a little boy, and tougher when you’re facing a deadly disease, a disease that kills 100s of thousands of people each year. The terror that kids like him go through, wondering if and when they’ll die, will they see anymore Christmases, play baseball, watch cartoons, play video games, play with pets and friends, can overwhelm them as well as their parents, doctors, and caretakers. In this case, this little boy the son of the elite Secret Service, whose agents, like his father, have to weather enough problems as it is protecting top officials, locales, and the public. Piling on the devastating affects of a sick child, the agent, his wife, and their family and friends must be going through an awful lot.
The public doesn’t realize that these agents have lives too. They face just as many, if not more life challenges and are held to a higher standard of conduct and performance. To have the pall of death hanging over their heads regarding a sick loved one can be a true test of their will, character, and resourcefulness to say the least.
For Mr. Bush to go this far shows he’s still a compassionate man who although shaving his head isn’t a strenuous issue, it’s one where a celebrity of his historical stature has sent a message out to all the big shot politicians that he’s still human and will go that extra bit in a time of crisis.
We all don’t know what it’s like to have Secret Service agents running about taking care of us. Some serve the same executives for years on end and form bonds of friendship and family. The agent is willing to lay down their life if need be for their charges and one another. That’s the biggest sacrifice of all and should be acknowledged. They never know when danger will strike, nor in what form. They have to be alert, knowledgeable about the technologies and tactics at their disposal, as well as that of numerous enemies bent on sinister intent.
Leukemia is a harsh and often fatal illness. Science has been after a cure for decades. Adult stem cell research has been making considerable progress in this field and hopefully one day a real solid treatment or cure will emerge, thus ending this nightmare once and for all.
Until then, we can only hope and pray and offer real human compassion, fellowship, support, and leadership, as Mr. George H.W. Bush has.