Bradley Lowery: Young Cancer Fighter Who Touched Many

Former Sunderland star – Jarmain Defoe visited Bradley Lowery to say what was likely to be a final goodbye to Bradley as his condition deteriorated.

He had spent the day with his ­cousins and dearest school pal – cuddled up under the duvet at the “bed party” he’d so wanted.

But as they watched the youngsters greet Bradley, six, they knew their brave boy was still hoping, still waiting, for one final guest to arrive. He wanted his best friend there too – for the cuddles that make him feel calm and happy.
Bradley and Defoe

And, just as Bradley was drifting off to sleep, his special friend arrived, sat beside him on the bed and wrapped him in his big strong arms.

England soccer star Defoe had come to say what seems likely to be a last goodbye to the terminally-ill youngster who captured his heart and “changed me as a person”.

Bradley’s family know that their lad, who has so bravely fought rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma, is growing ever weaker and his life is drawing to a close.

Writing on Bradley’s official Facebook page a family spokesman said: “He is very weak and finding breathing difficult but he is fighting it. He insisted on having a party and he invited his cousins and girlfriend Poppy.”

A family friend told the Sunday Mirror that striker Defoe, 34, had been in daily contact with Bradley’s parents Gemma and Carl.

Former Sunderland striker Jermain first met Bradley when the lad became a team mascot last season. He was also a mascot for England at Wembley when his mate scored in a World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania.

Bradley has endured gruelling chemotherapy, radiotherapy and intensive care treatments but his courage in smiling through the pain moved football fans everywhere. Supporters from many different clubs sang his name and held banners at matches.

On July 7 at 13:35 – Bradley’s mother announced on Facebook the death of her son. – Sunday Mirror 


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