The mother of Bradley Lowery has opened her heart – almost two months after the inspirational youngster passed away after a brave battle with cancer.
Gemma Lowery has told of her pride after the six-year-old touched the hearts of people around the world.
She has vowed that the family will now strive to be happy – as it’s what Bradley would have wanted.
Speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees, Gemma, of Blackhall Colliery, said: “There are absolutely no words to describe what the family has gone through over the last eight weeks.
“Nobody should ever have to go through that.
“The last couple of weeks, I’ve just tried to keep busy so I don’t have to think about it, but it’s busy for a good reason.
“Brad would want us to do that he doesn’t want us to sit and cry, he wants us to be happy.
“He was the happiest little boy that I knew. He was always smiling, cuddling, caring.”
Bradley died on July 7, having first been diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was aged just two.
He was given the all-clear in December 2015, before his parents Gemma and Carl were given the devastating news his cancer had returned last July.
As a regular mascot for Sunderland AFC, Bradley attracted well-wishes from across the world, and after his death, the family received messages of condolences from the Royal Family and Prime Minister Theresa May.
Gemma added: “It’s a massive comfort to know that people took Bradley to their hearts.
“We’re just a little family from a village and he had that impact and that is comforting.
“I know he only lived six years, but he made the most of his six years and he made a massive impact on the world.
“It really does give us some sort of pride and we’re proud of him that he made such an impact on other people’s lives and that’s my baby and our little boy.”
The Bradley Lowery Foundation has now been set up to help other families with sick children.
Gemma said: “I need to focus my attention on something else.
“This has given me a way forward. It is making me concentrate on moving my life forward and hopefully supporting and encouraging other people to fight and fundraise, get treatment and hopefully improve people’s lives, improve the life of a child.”