Sometimes as parents we feel helpless when it comes to making our child feel socially acceptable. This father found a way to help his son feel more confident. They battled the boys cancer together. Later, the father posted a picture that left people speechless after they saw what else was in the photo.
This families world was turned upside down last year when their young 8-year-old son Gabriel Marshall was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma, a malignant brain tumor. Sadly, the only option that was left to save the young boy’s life was to put him under the knife and have the tumor removed. Surgery may have removed the tumor, but it left something behind that would never be fixed, embarrassment over his appearance. The father knew exactly how he could help his son with this problem, so he went forward with his plan…
Although doctors weren’t able to remove all of the tumor as planned, the surgery went off relatively smoothly, but it did leave Gabriel with a scar. Since that time, the family has announced that after 9 months of treatment for the remaining portion of the tumor, the boy’s condition became stable.
Unfortunately, Gabriel’s father Josh, 28, became concerned about how Gabriel’s scar was affecting his self-confidence. When his son came to him saying that he felt like a “monster” because of the scar, Josh knew he had to do something about it.
In order to make his son more comfortable and confident, Josh got a tattoo on his head that looks exactly like Gabriel’s scar. “I told him if people wanted to stare, they could stare at both of us,” he later explained.
As one would imagine, Josh has received a fair amount of positive attention as people continue to praise and congratulate the man on account of what he did for his son. With people slinging around words such as “awesome,” “beautiful,” and “respect,” someone has even nominated him for the (fictitious, yet prestigious) “father of the year” award.
This dad went above and beyond to make sure his son felt comfortable. What good parent wouldn’t do anything for their child, though. This is proof that not all superheroes exist on TV.
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