When Josh Marshall's 6-year-old son Gabriel was diagnosed with a brain tumor in March of 2015, he did everything—and I mean everything—he could to make him feel better. When the tumor-removal surgery left Gabriel with a massive scar on the side of his head, Gabriel told his dad that it made him feel like a "monster," and Josh knew he had to do something about that.
"This broke my heart," Josh told BuzzFeed News. "I told him if people wanted to stare, they could stare at both of us."
So, in order to boost his son's self-confidence, he got a tattoo to match Gabriel's scar.
Josh entered the photo of his new tattoo into the St. Baldrick's Foundation's #BestBaldDad competition, for parents of children with cancer—and, just in time for Father's Day, he won.
Gabriel loves his father’s tattoo because it makes them "twins."
It's been over a year since Gabriel's surgery, according to a Facebook group that updates loved ones on his progress, and he's doing better. Josh told BuzzFeed that, although some of the tumor remains, Gabriel is stable now.
This past March, Josh posted a video of Gabriel along with this message:
Today marks one year since we found out about Gabe. This day a year ago was a very dark and scary day, I can still in very good detail recall the whole day and all of the feelings d-day brought! It has been an emotional build the past few weeks knowing this day was coming soon. But today instead of loathing on the past we embraced the present and had fun at Gabriel's cousin Mariah's birthday party ...Thank you team Gabe!
Can someone get this guy a trophy already?