Wednesday 17 May 2017

Little Brave Hero Bradley Lowery Turns Age Six

Bradley Lowery

Gemma and Carl Lowery have arranged for fire-breathers, stilt-walkers and a disco for the cancer-battling Sunderland mascot on Friday.

They took to Twitter this morning to post the birthday message to his 103,000 followers.

It said: “Happy 6th birthday to our amazing little super star. #HappyBirthdayBrad #smileforbrad.”

His auntie Jade Lowery also posted an emotional message to the “strongest bravest boy I know”.

Bradley will spend his birthday in hospital but is looking forward to his party.

Mum Gemma told the Newcastle Chronicle: “He’s been excited about turning six for such a long time.

“He’s really excited to spend time with his friends, we’ve got a marquee, fire-breathers, stilt-walkers, a disco, it’s going to be massive, he will absolutely love it.”

Bradley Lowery

Bradley’s parents have had to turn down an invite from Chelsea to attend their final Premier League match of the season on Sunday.

Thousands of fans backed a campaign for the mascot to present the trophy to the champions.

But sadly Bradley is too ill to travel.

His parents wrote: “@ChelseaFC invited brad down on Sunday but unfortunately he is not well enough to go.

“Thank you for everyone for thinking of him.”

Earlier this week his devastated family revealed that the terminally ill Sunderland fan is still in a “lot of pain” and is likely to spend his birthday in Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Bradley Lowery

A post on his “fight against neuroblastoma” Facebook page said there is “no doubt there are more new tumours and the disease is progressing”.

The family is hopeful that despite the brave lad being hospitalised for his birthday, he will be out for a party at a later date.

Last week Bradley’s mum Gemma told how an MRI scan showed his condition had taken a turn for the worse, telling supporters: “Things are moving too fast”.

She spoke of her anguish as her terminally ill son returned to hospital for treatment to help him “make as many memories as possible”.

In an emotional post on a Facebook page dedicated to Brave Brad’s fight against cancer she says “life is cruel and unfair” and reveals how she never imagined she would find herself in this position.

The youngsters inspirational smile featured on the front of the matchday programme for Sunderland’s match against Swansea City last weekend.

Two years ago the ill tot, who is battling neuroblastoma, was having his tubes removed from his body following successful treatment.

Bradley Lowery

Tragically, the cancer came back in January last year and his devastated family were told it was terminal.

Speaking of his most recent hospital treatment, Gemma said: "This time it is so we can make as many memories as possible without being restricted in what he can do.

"This is heartbreaking for us and something that we never thought we would have to deal with.

"I question why us? Why Brad? Why any innocent child every single day, life is cruel and unfair.

"However we are so very grateful we get a chance to make the memories as we have met so many parents on our journey that didn't get the chance.

"We are going through a really hard time but there are other people that are going through a harder time.

"So if you can take anything from this status please be thankful for what you have got and never be jealous of what you haven't."

Bradley, from Blackhall Colliery near Hartlepool, is a massive Sunderland fan and the club have rallied around him since his terminal diagnosis last year.

He has been led out onto the pitch several times while clutching the hand of his hero Jermain Defoe – the team’s striker.

He was due to be a mascot at a game last month but his family were forced to cancel his appearance.

On his Facebook page they wrote: "Bradley is not good. He has been in horrendous pain with his leg since yesterday to the point he couldn't move in bed last night.

"We have had him to the hospital today and they have give him an x-ray but it didn't show anything.

"The doctors gut feeling is that it is his cancer progressing but we need to wait and watch for a few days to see what happens.

"Bradley was due to be mascot at the Riverside tonight but he is not well enough to go so we have had to cancel it.

"I am hoping and praying that it is nothing serious and he starts to improve as I'm not ready for this to happen yet."

The disease develops from special nerve cells, known as neuroblasts, which get left behind from the child's development in the womb.

It mostly begins in the sufferer's adrenal glands located above the kidneys but can occur in the nerve tissue that runs along the spinal cord in the neck, chest, abdomen or pelvis.

The vicious illness can then spread to other organs like the bone, bone marrow, lymph nodes and skin.

Neuroblastoma afflicts around 100 children a year in the UK but the cause of the disease is still not known.



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