With Father's Day just having taken place this past Sunday, the internet was filled with pictures of fathers and sons, fathers and daughters and just fathers doing anything and everything. However, it has been one picture of a father and son that has taken the world by storm over the past few days. And it has an amazing story to go with it.
In March of 2015, Josh Marshall received some news that no parent ever wants to hear. His 6-year-old son, Gabriel, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as anaplastic astrocytoma. Astrocytomas are tumors that develop from astrocytes, which are star-shaped brain cells that combine with other cells to form tissue to protect other nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain. The tissue that forms from these collective cells is known as glial tissue. The tumors that arise from this tissue are referred to as gliomas. In layman's terms, Gabriel was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
"My son was very self-conscious after he got his surgery. He felt like a monster."
"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.'"
"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."
"I never intended for it to be this big. It was just a friendly competition between fellow cancer dads and people showing support for their loved ones who have fought cancer."
"It's amazing. I'm glad that I can kind of spread awareness for the childhood cancer community."
[Image via Facebook/Josh J-Mash Marshall]