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Dad gets tattoo to match his son's brain surgery scar

USA TODAY USA TODAY 22/06/2016 Mary Bowerman

The father of a Kansas boy who was left with a scar on his head after brain surgery, got a matching scar tattoo so his child wouldn’t feel like “a monster,” ABC reported. 

Josh Marshall said his 8-year-old son, Gabriel Marshall, felt “insecure” with a scar on the right side of his head after having surgery to remove a brain tumor.  So, in August of 2015, Marshall told ABC he decided to do something about it.

“I said, ‘You know what, I’ll get your scar tattooed. That way, if people want to stare at you, then they can stare at both of us,” Marshall told ABC. 

Marshall submitted a photo of the tattoo to the St. Baldrick Foundation’s #BestBaldDad competition, where fathers submit photos of themselves with shaved heads to support their children who have cancer. 

 “Me and my son at this year's St. Baldrick’s event in Wichita, Kansas,” Marshall said in the photo submission. “Got my sons scar tattooed to help his self-confidence.” 

With 5,000 votes Marshall won the #BestBaldDad contest, and after the St. Baldrick Foundation shared the photo on Facebook, he also won the hearts of many people across the country. 

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