Bradley Lowery: Sunderland fan dies after long illness – BBC News

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Six-year-old Bradley Lowery, in whose plight touched the lives of numerous people, has died after a lengthy illness.

The Sunderland fan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma — a rare type of cancer – whenever he was 18 months old.

Bradley went on as the club’s mascot and became “best mates” with his hero, striker Jermain Defoe.

The minute’s applause for the youngster happened just before the kick-off in the club’s friendly against Bury at Gigg Lane.

Bury’s chairman also mentioned all gate receipts from the complement will go to Bradley’s fundraising marketing campaign.

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Image caption Players from both groups, as well as the crowd at Gigg Street, applauded the memory of the boy or girl

Their death was confirmed on social media simply by his parents .

The posting read: “My fearless boy has went with the angels today.

“He was our little superhero and set the biggest fight up but this individual was needed else where. You can find no words to describe how center broken we are. ”

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Image caption Bradley’s mum Gemma Lowery had formerly said his deterioration had been “heartbreaking”

In the statement Sunderland FC extended the “‘love and support” to Bradley’s family.

It mentioned: “He had a special relationship along with Jermain Defoe and their emotions for each other were evident for those to see. Jermain, naturally, is heartbroken. ”

Bradley went through treatment and was in remission, yet relapsed last year.

Well-wishers raised more than 700, 000 within 2016 to pay for him to be provided antibody treatment in New York, yet medics then found his malignancy had grown and his family had been informed his illness was airport terminal.

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Image caption Bradley was a mascot with regard to England when they played Lithuania within March

In December, Bradley’s parents Gemma plus Carl, from Blackhall Colliery, Region Durham, were told he just had “months to live”.

Four months later these were told the latest and final circular of his treatment had unsuccessful.

He went through “tumour-shrinking treatment” at Newcastle’s Regal Victoria Infirmary but the cancer carried on to spread.

Upon 24 May, Mrs Lowery mentioned Bradley had left hospital to begin palliative care at home, adding more tumours had been found and further radiotherapy has been planned.

After that, on 28 June the family wrote upon Facebook: “Bradley will be deteriorating fast, his temperature is certainly going very high his breathing very fast their oxygen levels low.

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Image caption Bradley strolled down the red carpet at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year within 2016

“He is sleeping most time apart from odd times awake. All of us knew this was coming but we have been heartbroken beyond words. ”

On 1 July, their family posted a picture of Bradley along with Defoe who, right after signing for Bournemouth, returned towards the North East to see him.

On Thursday, Defoe stopped working in tears during a press meeting for his brand new club and said the six-year-old would “always be in my heart”.

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Image caption Bradley with his dad Carl at the match between Everton plus Sunderland

Bradley became known worldwide subsequent an appeal that saw your pet receive 250, 000 Christmas cards from countries as far as Australia and New Zealand.

In December, he fulfilled England manager Gareth Southgate plus Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker at the BBC Sports Personality from the Year event in Birmingham.

Bradley then received the programme’s December goal of the 30 days award after this individual took a penalty ahead of Sunderland’s sport against Chelsea.

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Image caption Bradley grew to become firm friends with his hero Jermain Defoe

He has also appeared as a mascot pertaining to Everton , who pledged two hundred, 000 to his fundraising advertising campaign, and was visited in medical center by a number of Sunderland players.

A dream came real when he appeared as mascot for that England team at Wembley Arena before a game that will saw Defoe score a goal.

He was also given honorary 41st place in the competition card for the Grand National from Aintree in April.

On 30 June a charitable organization single, “Smile For Bradley” simply by LIV’n’G, entered the singles graph at number 28. All arises from the song will go to the Bradley Lowery Foundation, which has been set up in their honour.

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Picture caption Bradley got to check out the weighing scales at Aintree – coming in at 2st twelve. 5lb (18. 37kg)

Bradley was called Child of Courage at the Satisfaction of North East Awards simply days before a party was held in order to celebrate his sixth birthday, that was attended by Defoe and two hundred fifity other well-wishers.

Less than 100 children in the UK are identified each year with neuroblastoma and most coping with the condition are under the age of 5.

What is neuroblastoma?

  • It is a rare type of cancer that will mostly affects babies and young kids
  • It develops from specialised neural cells (neuroblasts) left behind from a infant’s development in the womb
  • It impacts about 100 children each year in the united kingdom
  • The cause is unknown
  • In unusual cases children in the same household can be affected, but generally neuroblastoma will not run in families

Resource: NHS Choices

Dr Man Blanchard, chair of Neuroblastoma UNITED KINGDOM, said: “All in the neuroblastoma neighborhood will be saddened to hear the news associated with Bradley’s death.

“His story raised significant awareness of an illness that is responsible for one in 6 of all children’s cancer deaths.

“Through the world-leading study funded by Neuroblastoma UK, straight into improving both diagnosis and remedying of the disease, we will find a cure. inch

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