This is 28-year-old Josh Marshall with his 8-year-old son Gabriel Marshall. They live in Kansas.
“He’s been doing good and he’s been off treatment about nine months now,” Marshall said.
“This broke my heart,” Marshall said. The doting father’s solution was to get a tattoo that resembled his son’s scar. “I told him if people wanted to stare, they could stare at both of us,” he said.
Marshall’s entry was a picture of him and Gabriel showing off their matching scars alongside a message that read: “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.”
Marshall won St. Baldrick’s 2016 #BestBaldDad 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.”
“It’s a truly touching story,” she added.
Since Marshall won the competition, his picture has been shared across popular Facebook pages and Instagram accounts. It gained the most attention on Bamf Nation’s Instagram account, where the picture has over 120,000 likes.
Gabriel loves his father’s tattoo and said it makes them “twins”.