The picture above of Bradley Lowery with Sunderland players leaves you with a million and one unspoken words. Guess this is why we love our stars the way we do.
Bradley Lowery is a 5 year old Sunderland fan battling a terminal illness.
In 2013, the young soccer lover was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that affects children. The rare disease forms on the nerve tissues.
According to Mayo Clinic, neuroblastoma develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body. However it commonly occurs around the adrenal glands situated above the kidneys.
It can also “develop in other areas of the abdomen and in the chest, neck and near the spine, where groups of nerve cells exist”.
The cause of the non genetic disease is not known yet. It comes with symptoms such as: Lumps of tissue under the skin; proptosis; abdominal and back pain; fever; extreme weight loss, bone pain, unusual bowel habits, chest pain amongst others.
Young Bradley has been enduring these conditions for over 3 years. Sadly the doctors say that he has few months to live.
With the supposed time limit, Bradley wanted some wish granted; one of which was to meet his favorite Sunderland stars.
Last year the soccer world recognized this chap from Blackhall Colliery. He had fun with the stars and even played with them. His September appearance in the field with the stars as a mascot earned him December’s goal of the month award.
Sunderland’s opponent during the tournament last year, Everton pledged £200,000 for the boy’s treatment. Around £700,000 was raised to fund treatment in the USA.
Still checking up on the Sunderland fan, some stars from the club visited him at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, and made emotional memories.
Among the stars who visited him were Brad’s favorite stars, Jermain Defoe and Vito Mannone. A picture of the 5-year old is seen asleep in Jermain Defoe’s arms.
Bradley Lowery has won the hearts of football fans around the world. He has received moral support and donations to an appeal fund.
Brad’s mum said none of the medical solutions that was proffered has a chance of saving the young boy’s life.
“We have had a meeting with Bradley’s consultant and he has given us three options but… they all have the same outcome and that is Bradley will lose his fight.”
The common treatment for neuroblastoma include: surgery, chemotherapy and other therapies.
Medical statistics reveal that about 100 children under the age of five in the UK suffer from the cancerous disease.
Having his Sunderland soccer heroes around him at this critical time is commendable.