Childhood Brain Cancer & Battle Scars


Brain Cancer WarriorA Hutchinson boy who’s fighting cancer says his dad is his hero. The feeling’s mutual, and both have matching “battle wounds” to prove it.

Gabriel Marshall, 8, is like any other kid. He loves to laugh, play outside, and sometimes pick on his younger sister. It’s times like those Gabriel cherishes.

I feel like a free kid. I feel like a normal person,” said Gabriel Marshall.

The soon-to-be third grader has been battling brain cancer since March of 2015.

I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked.. you know how could this happen?” asks Gabriel’s mom, Bethany Schultz. “He has always been so healthy, so active and then they turn around and rip my heart out.

At the moment when we found out about it, it felt like somebody had ripped my stomach out of my body,” said Gabriel’s dad Josh Marshall.

Gabriel has undergone numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. He’s also had a tumor removed from his head. “I call it my battle scar,” Gabriel said.

At first, Gabriel said the scar was cool. Then, it really hit home. “Everybody was staring at me, so I felt like kind of like a monster,” Gabriel said.

To hear him say that, it truly broke my heart,” Josh said.

He wouldn’t even leave the house without a beanie on, a hat or a hoodie,” said Bethany.

So, Gabriel’s dad decided to get a battle scar of his own. “I asked him, you know, “Would you be OK if i got your scar tattooed on my head?” Marshall said.

 

Gabriel’s answer was crystal clear. “He’s my best pal! He’s my pal!” he said.

Gabriel now refers to his dad as his twin, someone who’s got his back when it seems no one else does.

For him to just do this for me, to keep all of the people away from me, kind of not stare at me.. So now we can both get stared at.” Gabriel said.

He’s my best friend, he really is,” Josh said.

Josh entered a picture showing his tattoo and Gabriel’s scar into the St. Baldrick’s 2016 #BestBaldDad competition and won. The picture got more than 5,000 votes online and more than 100,000 likes on social media.

Gabriel’s family is hoping to use the win to spread awareness about childhood cancer.

I want other people to know that childhood cancer is not that rare,” Josh said. “One in 284 kids will get cancer and seven kids a day will die from cancer.”

 

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About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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