Historical society raising funds for boy close to the Bush family

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August 18, 2013, 8:17 am
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(NECN/WCSH: Sarah Delage) - Maine's Kennebunkport Historical Society is raising money for a little boy who has become very special to the Bush family.

"George Herbert Walker Bush has spent almost every summer of his life at the house out at Walkers Point, except the time he was in military service," said Larry Ryan of the Kennebunkport Historical Society.

An exhibit, which contains photographs capturing moments shared by the Bush family during their time in Kennebunkport, has been drawing a crowd.

"People love it. Our attendance this year is at least twice what it was last year," said Ryan.

For one day, proceeds from tours went to benefit a little boy named Patrick.

Patrick is the son of one of President Bush's Secret Service agents, and he has leukemia. The former president found out about Patrick's illness and shaved his head to show his support.

"I don't recall any other president at 89 years old who shaved their head for a little boy," said Rich Litchfield of the Kennebunkport Historical Society.

The people at the historical society thought the story was pretty inspiring.

"President and Mrs. Bush lost a daughter to leukemia. And the fact that now one of his Secret Service agents has a son suffering from leukemia, I think there's a tremendous pathos feeling and I'm sure that touched President and Mrs. Bush's heart."

Tags: leukemia , George Herbert Walker Bush, President Bush, Sarah Delage, Kennebunkport Historical Society
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