THE loving family of brave Bradley Lowery has thanked the Mail for playing its part in a huge fundraising campaign which has amassed more than £155,000 in just a year.
Battling Bradley, who was named as one of the Children of Courage at this year’s Pride of Hartlepool awards, was diagnosed with childhood cancer neuroblastoma early last year.
While his caring parents Gemma, 31, and Carl, 30, focus on giving their courageous son all their love, a huge fundraising drive was set up to raise £500,000 to pay for treatment overseas, should the youngster, who celebrates his third birthday tomorrow, suffer a relapse. Over the last year the incredible work of the Bradley Lowery Neuroblastoma Fight Group has featured in the Mail on several occasions, helping to raise awareness and build the current fundraising total to a staggering £155,167.
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“The support we have had from day one has been absolutely unbelievable,” said Gemma, an NHS health trainer who lives with the family in Blackhall.
“It’s been overwhelming, total strangers donate or come up to us in the street and ask about Bradley.”
Gemma is rightfully full of praise for the support group, led by Mark Rycraft who has worked tirelessly to build the cash total. And as well as honouring Bradley for his bravery at the recent Pride of Hartlepool awards, the fight group also had its dedicated work recognised, winning the Fundraiser of the Year category.
“It was a very emotional night,” said Gemma, looking back on the awards evening.
“But it was lovely to get that recognition, both for Bradley and for the support group and we were so grateful.”
Bradley will be undergoing various scans and tests at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary next week in a bid to boost his platelets.
He will then undergo a trial for immunotherapy, which uses the body’s own immune system to help fight cancer.