In 2013, 19-month-old Bradley Lowery was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system. Despite going into remission the following year after undergoing chemotherapy and operations to remove tumours, Bradley relapsed and his parents were told that antibody therapy in the US might be the only way to save him.
Bradley’s family and friends and the people of their local community in Sunderland began desperately trying to raise £700,000 to enable Bradley to receive the treatment which could save his life. Bradley’s mum, Gemma, admits she does not have the words to explain how she felt at Bradley’s relapse. Upon discovering he would have to keep receiving treatment, Bradley asked her “Why do I have to go to hospital? Why can’t I go to school and play with my friends?”
Bradley’s fundraising is going from strength to strength with people up and down the country committing to helping. Bradley himself raised a massive £2000 having his head shaved while others have taken on multiple marathons, hosted charity football events and even taken on sponsored weight loss!
Gemma says “it’s heartbreaking that we have to put a price on our child’s head” but that Bradley tries to remain positive, insisting that he will “kick cancer’s butt again“.
How you can help
You can help get Bradley and his family to their incredibly important target by donating to Bradley’s fundraising page. Or, if you would like to get involved yourself, you can open a Virgin Money Giving page under Bradley’s campaign page and take on your own fundraising challenge.