Dad goes to extraordinary lengths to show his love and support for his sick young boy by getting a tattoo on his head matching his sons brain surgery scar.

Gabriel Marshall of Kansas, eight, was diagnosed last year with an anaplastic astrocytoma, a type of malignant brain tumour, the treatment for which was surgery, reports The Daily Mail.

Gabriel’s father Josh, 28, became concerned about how the scar left behind on his son’s head from the surgery was affecting his self-confidence.

In fact, the little boy told his dad that he felt like a ‘monster’ with the scar. A fact that simply broke his father’s heart.

So, to help his son feel normal, Josh came up with the idea of getting a tattoo on his head to look identical to his son’s cancer scar.

‘I told him if people wanted to stare, they could stare at both of us,’ the doting dad told BuzzFeed.

The moving gesture came to wide attention after Josh entered the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s #BestBaldDad competition in honour of Father’s Day.

The photo of him and Gabriel showing off their shaved heads side-by-side went up on Facebook as an entry in the competition with Josh’s explanation: ‘Me and my son at this year’s St. Baldrick’s event in Wichita, Kansas. Got my son’s scar tattooed to help his self confidence.’

Unsurprisingly, Josh won the competition, and subsequently the photo of him and Gabriel has gone viral over the web.

What an awesome dad!

Find more of Gabe’s story here.

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  • It’s amazing how far we will go for our little one. What a beautiful gesture from the father to his son!


  • What an awesome dad – best of luck to both of them.


  • That is one wonderful Dad. They will have a bond that will last forever. Lovely story.


  • Sharing his son’s pain right along with him. What an empathetic dad.


  • A very loving gesture indeed !!


  • What son awesome thing for a father to do…


  • Definitely an awesome day. His little boy is very blessed.


  • How beautiful. Amazing dad – well done.


  • Oh that is so sweet of his dad. What a beautiful bond they have.


  • That man is an awesome Dad


  • What a great father! I think this is such an inspiring story. I hope this little boy feels more confident now .


  • OH! This is so sweet and tender to watch! A great gesture, full of meaning. :-)


  • Yep, that’s a wonderful thing to do for his son.


  • A beautiful story,wishing Gabriel all the best for the future and Josh is one amazing dad!


  • Fantastic show of support from dad. I hope Gabriel is okay, and I’m glad they won the photo competition.


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