- Bradley Lowery has handed away after a prolonged battle with most cancers
- He lived a full life regardless of his tender years by way of his love of soccer
- The six-year-old turned greatest pals with ex-Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe
- He led out England and his beloved Sunderland as properly alongside Defoe
David Kent for MailOnline
Bradley Lowery was the boy who touched the hearts of tens of millions throughout the globe. Though he got here to the eye of the general public due to his battle with most cancers, it was his braveness, preventing spirit and megawatt smile that may linger longest within the reminiscence.
Bradley, who sadly previous away on Friday afternoon, was recognized with neuroblastoma in 2013, however packed a lot into his brief time, touching the lives of so many alongside the best way.
Regardless of being simply six years previous and struggling together with his debilitating illness, he purchased a lot pleasure to these round him – and one man particularly.
Bradley Lowery was an enormous Sunderland fan and described Jermain Defoe as his ‘greatest pal’
The pair cast a particular relationship collectively and hung out collectively regularly
Bradley beloved the Black Cats and is seen right here in 2016 with a signed shirt on the Stadium of Mild
The younger Sunderland fan left an indelible mark on the hearts of soccer followers throughout the globe regardless of his tender years, hitting the headlines together with his infectious smile and love for the Black Cats.
He described striker Jermain Defoe, now with Bournemouth, as his ‘greatest good friend’, and the pair made loads of high-profile appearances collectively.
The teenager led his favorite staff out alongside Defoe in September towards Everton final yr, receiving a rapturous reception from the gang. The Toffees later donated £200,00Zero to assist the Lowery household pay for remedy in America.
Sunderland gamers, officers and followers took half in a minute’s applause on Friday night
Sunderland followers joined within the tributes to the schoolboy, who handed away on Friday
Bradley’s bravery throughout his most cancers battle had touched the hearts of each younger and previous
The teenager was carried out as Sunderland group mascot for the sport towards Swansea
The six-year-old hugs his hero and ‘greatest good friend’ Defoe as he is carried out for the Swansea recreation
One other proud second for Bradley got here when he was mascot for England v Lithuania in 2016
Bradley additionally made the journey to see Everton play, with Romelu Lukaku holding the teenager
Defoe was a daily customer to see Bradley in hospital as he underwent remedy for his sickness
He then went one higher in March this yr when, alongside Defoe as soon as extra, he was a mascot with England for his or her recreation towards Lithuania in entrance of an adoring Wembley crowd.
Defoe stated in a press convention days earlier than his passing: ‘I do not actually know learn how to put into phrases how I really feel. It has been a particular time having that relationship with Brad.
‘I converse to the household day-after-day, I used to be with them a couple of days in the past and it was robust to see him endure like that.
The teenager with the infectious smile gained the aim of the month award for January this yr
He additionally was a mascot for Sunderland’s Three-Zero defeat towards Everton alongside Defoe
Chelsea gamers have been comfortable to pose alongside the teenager after he was a mascot
Bradley meets Ashley Williams (L), Phil Jagielka (R) and Romelu Lukaku (2nd R) in January
‘I felt I used to be ready for it after what I went via with my dad nevertheless it was so robust to see a child of that age who has been going via this for therefore lengthy and obtained to the stage the place he’s clearly struggling.’
Younger Bradley additionally stole the present on the Sports activities Character of the Yr awards in December 2016, rocking a blue go well with and bow tie alongside together with his trademark grin.
Bradley’s father Carl carries Bradley off the pitch earlier than the Swansea recreation in Might this yr
Regardless of his apparent struggles, Bradley by no means stopped smiling and rocked the pink carpet on the Sports activities Character of the Yr awards in December final yr
Bradley waves as he helps lead England out for his or her qualifier towards Lithuania in March
So as to add to his spectacular CV, Bradley even gained Match of the Day aim of the month competitors for January for his objective, a penalty previous Asmir Begovic on the Stadium of Mild pitch throughout half-time of the defeat towards Chelsea.
Though he lastly misplaced his lengthy battle, Bradley shone brightly in his six years and packed extra into his brief time than most handle in a lifetime.
When Bradley led Sunderland out alongside Defoe for the Black Cats’ recreation towards Everton in September final yr, followers sung ‘There’s just one Bradley Lowery’. They could not have been extra proper.
Bradley and Defoe have been on the large display on the Skilled Footballers’ Affiliation Awards
Sunderland followers present their help for Bradley as his identify seems on the large display
West Brom supporters confirmed their appreciation for Bradley and his household final yr
Within the phrases of the Sunderland supporters – there’s just one Bradley Lowery