A STUNNED mum today played down claims that she is a hero after being nominated for a Pride of Hartlepool award.
Gemma Lowery, 31, has always been there for her son Bradley throughout his fight with a neuroblastoma.
She often spends six days a week at the Royal Victoria Infirmary while her two-year-old son undergoes another round of treatment.
But after being nominated for the Local Hero category of the competition, she said: “This should go to someone else who really deserves it. I am not a hero.”
A truly humbled Gemma, from Blackhall, admitted she was “gobsmacked” at her nomination.
She said: “I just do what anyone would do.”
Bradley - who has also been nominated for a Pride award - is the youngest son of Gemma, 31, and Carl Lowery, 30.
The nomination for Gemma came from Mark Rycraft who praised her “strength and courage in the face of continuing obstacles relating to her son Bradley Lowery.
“When Bradley was undergoing high dose chemotherapy, Gemma never left his side for over five weeks in hospital. She is a truly amazing individual and has had to learn about Neuroblastoma and the various treatments available. She is not afraid to challenge the norm when it comes to his prognosis and his treatment.”
Bradley is battling rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma. A fundraising target of £500,000 has been set for treatment overseas, should he suffer a relapse.
Gemma said: “Although Bradley has been through hell and back, I always think there is someone worse off than me.
“You are thankful for the good times that you have.”
Speaking about her nomination, she said: “I am shocked. I have got no words.”
Gemma joins an increasingly impressive list of nominations. Ten categories up for grabs in the competition.
They are Sporting Achievement; Community Group; Community Champion; Student of the Year; Fundraiser of the Year; Child of Courage; Local Hero; Green Champion; Emergency Services and Young Performer of the Year.
You have until early March to put forward your favourites and we want to make this a record year for entry numbers. Make sure you fill in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail, or visit www.hartlepool.mail.co.uk and complete the online form.