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A meaningful tattoo

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As a father, the toughest thing I can imagine, even tougher than having lost my own son at birth, is having to watch my child go through something as ravaging as cancer. Would I be strong enough to be there for either of my boys should they ever find themselves in this situation? No one truly knows, I think, until the time comes.

Then there’s this dad.

In an effort to boost his son’s self-esteem, Josh Marshall got a tattoo that matches his son’s scar from surgery to remove a brain tumor.

A picture of the two donning their matching scars while snuggling has not only won Marshall first place in a Father’s Day photo competition, but it’s also gone viral.

“It just started as a friendly competition for Father’s Day and then it just blew up. It’s really weird,” Marshall told The Huffington Post. “But it’s raising awareness for childhood cancer, and that’s all that really matters.”

In March 2015, Gabriel was diagnosed with a form of cancer called anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare malignant brain tumor. The boy, now 8, underwent surgery to have the tumor removed and was left with a scar on the right side of his head. According to a Facebook post by Gabriel’s mom, ‎Bethany Shultz, the scar made her son feel “self conscious.”

So Marshall decided to get a matching scar tattooed in the same spot on his head.

“I told [Gabriel] if people wanted to stare, they could stare at both of us,” Marshall told Buzzfeed.

Good job, Dad.

No, check that. Awesome job, Dad.

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