Bradley Lowery has sent a video birthday message to well-wishers from his hospital bed.
The Blackhall youngster spent his sixth birthday in hospital as part of his fight against childhood cancer neuroblastoma.
He had a tea party in hospital with family members, before a party in his home village on Friday, which Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe will attend.
A message on the Bradley Lowery's Facebook page said: "Bradley not been feeling the best today but he still made the most of his tea party at the play room even though he was on his bed.
"He has a little message for all you lovely people that have wished him a happy birthday."