Bradley Lowery’s fight against neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, began in January 2013 and his positivity in battling the disease has gone on to inspire millions.
A Sunderland fan from Blackhall, County Durham, Bradley’s fight became closely tied to football thanks to the support of his local side and the relationships that were forged.
Sunderland’s players also visited Bradley in hospital and a friendship with his favourite player, the club’s star striker Jermain Defoe, soon blossomed.
Defoe came to refer to Bradley as his “best mate” with an image of the youngster asleep in his arms at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle seeming to sum up their bond.
Bradley would later accompany Defoe onto the Wembley pitch in the forward’s comeback appearance for England in March.
Defoe was also there alongside Black Cats goalkeeper Vito Mannone for Bradley’s sixth birthday party last month – one that included fire-eaters, jugglers and stilt-walkers.
But the campaign was not restricted to the North East. Bradley’s fight was taken up by those all over the country – with football fans often at the heart of it.
布拉德利·洛里基金会（Bradley Lowery Foundation）将寻求帮助其他儿童开展竞选活动，目前已筹集了超过100,000英镑的资金。