The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Alan Selby

BRAVE Bradley Low­ery is due home to­day af­ter a first round of gru­elling can­cer ther­apy.

The foot­ball mad lad, age five, had £35,000-atime neu­rob­las­toma treat­ment in a bid to shrink his in­op­er­a­ble tu­mours. Mum Gemma said: “He will be get­ting scans in a few weeks so we will know more then if it is work­ing.”

She ad­mit­ted the ther­apy had been painful, adding: “We’re not ready to let him go. I know Bradley has plenty of fight left in him. Deep in my heart I knew that I wanted to try. If it meant I was los­ing Bradley through treat­ment at least we’d have gone out fight­ing.”

Last Thurs­day she posted a touch­ing im­age of Bradley fall­ing asleep in the arms of his hero, Sun­der­land striker Jer­main De­foe, in his bed in New­cas­tle’s Royal Vic­to­ria In­fir­mary.

She wrote: “He didn’t want him to leave to­day and fell asleep cud­dling into him #spe­cial­bond # bestfriends.” De­fore, 34, met Bradley, of Black­hall, Co Durham, when he was a mas­cot for Sun­der­land last Septem­ber.

He said of his visit: “Vis­it­ing Bradley was amaz­ing and to see him smile, de­spite ev­ery­thing he’s go­ing through, was just the best feel­ing. Scor­ing a goal doesn’t come any­where near to the feel­ing I get from spend­ing time with Bradley.”

Bradley is the first child in the UK to get the £ 35,000 t reat­ment, which com­bines chemo­ther­apy with an­ti­body mea­sures.

TOUCH­ING: Julie and Mike side by side MEM­O­RIES: Trea­sured fam­ily snap

PALS: Bradley with De­foe

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