BRADLEY GOES HOME AFTER BLITZ ON BIG C
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