Gemma Lowery is the mother of six-year-old cancer patient Bradley Lowery who made headlines after being hailed as a football fan.
Gemma, a UK native and her son appeared in papers after her ill-stricken little guy got his wish granted by the Sunderland soccer team. The inspirational boy stole the hearts nations scoring against Chelsea and winning the Match of the Day goal of the month contest.
Bradley was a mascot for Sunderland several times. Fans chanted his name at games and held banners saying: “Cancer has no colours.”
The Football Association invited him to be a mascot for England’s World Cup qualifier at Wembley. As a result Bradley developed a close relationship with some of the players, including Jermain Defoe –who visited the little guy at the hospital several times.
Sadly, it’s been reported Bradley Lowery passed away in his parents arms on Friday afternoon. A statement released by the family reads “My brave boy has went with the angels today 07/07/17 at 13:35, in mammy and daddies arms surrounded by his family.
“He was our little superhero and put the biggest fight up but he was needed elsewhere.
“There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are.
“Thank you everyone for all your support and kinds words. Sleep tight baby boy and fly high with them angels.”
Little Bradley is survived by his parents, Gemma Lowery and Carl Lowery and his brother, Kieran.
Bradley who’s condition badly deteriorated over the past month, suffered from a rare neuroblastoma. After becoming the teams mascot and leading England out at Wembley for World Cup qualifier –the team announced a donation of the gate receipts to Lowery’s charity. He helped more than £1m, according to The Guardian.
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Gemma and her family reside in Blackhall, county Durham. She and her husband were told about Bradley’s cancer when he was just 18-months-old. According to the Sun Brad beat the disease once but after some time in remission it came back in July 2016. The family was told it was terminal that December.
Gemma Lowery kept people up to date with pictures of the little boy smiling on his hospital bed on Facebook.
A number of Sunderland players, the team and fans around the world have paid heartfelt tributes on Bradley’s passing, highlighting how the boy’s smile will never be forgotten.
You can find Gemma Lowery on Twitter here.