Dad Gets Tattoo To Match 8-Year-Old Son's Surgery Scar

"If people want to stare at you, then they can stare at both of us."

Facebook/Josh Marshall
Facebook/Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall's 8-year-old son Gabriel was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer last spring requiring major surgery to remove a golfball-sized tumor that left the boy bald and with a large scar on the right side of his head.

Naturally, Gabriel felt self-conscious about the scar.  In an interview with ABC News, Marshall said frankly that his son "felt like a monster."

In a beautiful show of paternal solidarity, the elder Marshall decided to get a tattoo matching his son's scar on his head. "I said, 'You know what, I'll get your scar tattooed,'" he told ABC. " 'That way, if people want to stare at you, then they can stare at both of us.'"

The tattoo, completed last August following his son's surgery, earned Marshall the title of this year's "Best Bald Dad" in childhood cancer charity St. Baldrick's #BestBaldDad competition.

BuzzFeed reports that although Gabriel still has some pieces of the tumor left in his brain, his father told them that "He's been doing good and he's been off treatment about nine months now."

To help out the Marshall family, please visit their GoFundMe page. You can keep up to date on Gabriel's progress by visiting the family's Facebook page.