Bradley Lowery has captured the hearts of football fans in recent months with his brave battle against a rare form of cancer. The 5 year old Sunderland fan, from Blackhall Colliery near Hartlepool, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in 2013 and his family have said that he only has months to live.
The family have received a huge amount of support both from a number of football clubs and other sources to go toward Bradley’s hospital treatment. Last year, Everton pledged £200,000 to the cause after Bradley appeared as a mascot for Sunderland’s home fixture against the club at the Stadium of Light.
On Thursday, Sunderland players showed their unwavering commitment to their fans by surprising little Bradley with a visit in hospital. The arrival of his heroes Jermain Defoe, Sebastian Larsson, Vito Mannone and John O’Shea at the hospital was more than simply a fleeting visit with Bradley, who was all smiles, showing off his toys to the players in a video posted on the Twitter account @Bradleysfight. The account, ran by Bradley’s family, documented the visit and posted a touching picture of him falling asleep next to his hero, star striker Defoe:
On his official Facebook page, Bradley’s family said “Bradley is doing very well and has cheered up after having some very special visitors”, following “Thank you Sunderland AFC, you have been amazing for Bradley.” This is a perfect example of how much the football community has come together to show support for their young fans, with both home and away supporters at the Sunderland v Chelsea game joining in harmony to sing ‘There’s only one Bradley Lowery’ at the five-minute mark.
Defoe responded to the family’s tweet with one of his own, tweeting a heartfelt ‘Love you little man #bestfriends’.