A touching photo of a dad and his son has gone viral on the internet after taking the top spot in the “Best Bald Dad” contest put on by a U.S. childhood cancer foundation. It shows the photo of a dad with a tattoo that looks like the cancer scar of his son; and the reason behind the viral photo is very touching and heartwarming that’s why it has captured the hearts of many netizens.
In March 2015, when Gabriel Marshall was just 6 years old, he was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma, which is a rare — and malignant — brain tumor. In order to fight the tumor, he had to undergo surgery to remove part of it. Although the golf ball-sized tumor was successfully removed from his brain through the surgery and has stabilized his condition for the time-being, it has left a large scar above Gabriel’s right ear. Gabriel shared to his dad that he was feeling very self-conscious about his new scar, that’s why in order to boost his self-confidence, Josh Marshall decided that he needed to do something.
Josh then decided to do the most amazing thing: get a tattoo exactly like his son’s scar. “I told him if people wanted to stare, they could stare at both of us.” Josh captioned the photograph with a simple explanation that he got the tattoo to help his son’s self-confidence, but it’s clear to see that this dad will be doing everything he can to support his son every step of the way. He took a photo of him and his son and he shared the touching photo showing off their matching heads to the annual Baldrick’s Foundations #BestBaldDad Father’s Day competition.
After the deliberation of the entries, Josh and Gabriel came in first place with over 5,000 votes. The image has since gone viral as people everywhere show their respect for this truly inspirational father and his brave son.
See their touching photos below: