In March 2015, Josh Marshall had to deal with the news that his son Gabriel, now eight years old, had a very rare form of brain cancer.
Due to the malignancy of the tumour, young Gabriel required surgery as well as treatment to have most of it removed.
While traces of the tumour have remained, happily Gabriel has been doing well and has been treatment-free for nine months.
However, it left its legacy in the form of a scar above his right ear which, heartbreakingly, has made Gabriel feel like a “monster”.
They are words no parent wants to hear, so Josh decided to boost his son’s self-confidence.
Wherever you stand on tattoos, there is no denying that Josh is a hero for his moving show of support for his son.
As the dad told Buzzfeed , hearing those words “broke my heart”, so the devoted father got a tattoo replicating Gabriel’s scar saying: “I told him if people wanted to stare, they could stare at both of us.”
But that’s not where his tribute ended.
Josh entered a touching photo of both himself and Gabriel for St. BAldrick’s Foundation’s #BestBaldDad competition for Father’s Day.
The competition asks for photo submissions from not just dads, but also from uncles and grandfathers who have shaved their head in support of a child they know who is fighting or has had cancer.
The image has since been shared the world over – and also comes with the good news that it won the charity’s competition.