A five year old football fan captured the hearts of people across the globe as he scored a goal in the warm up when his beloved Sunderland played against Chelsea last month. It had been Bradley Lowery’s dream to escort players onto the pitch as a mascot, and he was able to stay on to warm up with his favourite footballers.
People across Britain said that the little boy should be given Match of the Day’s accolade. And when he watched Match of the Day 2, the cancer sufferer was astonished to find out that he had won.
His mother Gemma, of County Durham, said that he was “over the moon”. Bradley was named as joint winner, along with Henrikh Mkhitaryan who scored against Sunderland. Little Bradley, who has terminal neuroblastoma has also fulfilled a dream to get into the Guinness Book of Records, by getting the most Christmas cards. The postal service has been kept busy over the festive season by delivering 300,000 cards to his home, many of which have come from football supports across the globe.
Making a heartbreaking wish
The five year old has also been on a trip to London last week, where he threw a coin into the wishing well outside Buckingham Palace, and said he wished that “the nasties” would go away.
The little boy was diagnosed with cancer three years ago. Last year, wellwishers raised £700,000 so that he could go to America for specialist treatment. Money included a £200,000 donation from Everton after they played Sunderland. His heartbroken family were later told that his cancer had spread and that doctors could only give the little boy more time.
Fewer than 100 children in the UK are diagnosed each year with neuroblastoma. Most children with this type of cancer are younger than five. It is the second most common solid tumour found in children.