Dad gets a tattoo of son's surgery scar to help his self confidence

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Dad Gets Head Tattoo To Match His Son's Brain Cancer Surgery Scar

Fighting a brain tumor obviously wasn't easy for 8-year-old Garbiel Marshall, what his surgery left behind presented him with a new battle.

His father, 28-year-old Josh Marshall, told BuzzFeed News that Gabriel sometimes felt like a "monster" because of the large scar on his head.

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"This broke my heart," Marshall said. "I told him if people wanted to stare, they could stare at both of us."

He took action by getting a tattoo of the same scar his son has on his own head.

For Father's Day, Marshall entered St. Baldrick's Foundation's #BestBaldDad competition -- a contest that takes submissions from dads, uncles and grandfathers who shave their heads in honor of a child who has or had cancer.

The father-son pair from Kansas won the competition with 5,000 votes.

​Alison Sutton, St. Baldrick's Foundation's social media manager, told BuzzFeed News it was "the first time we've seen an entry where a dad went above and beyond shaving his head in solidarity with his child and got a tattoo to build his son's self-confidence."

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Gabriel is a big fan of his father's tattoo because it makes them "twins."

To find out more about Gabriel's journey, you can read more here.

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