Today is little battler Bradley Lowery’s sixth birthday and well wishers from across the world have sent him their messages of love.
The brave youngster from Blackhall who is fighting terminal cancer neuroblastoma, will spend the day in hospital, but mum Gemma Lowery says the family will have a tea party in the play room.
She said: “The family is coming up to have a little tea party in the play room and the ward is providing some food.
“Then it will be his party on Friday which is going to be spectacular.”
Earlier this week his family announced they have postponed a planned holiday to America - but still hope to make the trip at a later date.
A post on the Bradley Lowery’s fight against neuroblastoma Facebook page read: “Bradley is feeling a little better and his pain is slowly starting to improve.
“He is going to continue on antibiotics and be assessed each day and maybe have some radiotherapy.”
Following the overwhelming response to a Christmas card appeal for the youngster which saw him receive 315,000 cards, the family have asked for his supporters to send him their birthday messages via a special birthday Facebook and Just Giving page which has raised £3,758.
The last 12 months have also seen Bradley go to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, appear on Match of the Day and make several trips to the Stadium of Light.
Scores of people have sent happy birthday messages to the little fighter through out Facebook page.
Kathleen Foster wroite: “Happy birthday treasure lot’s and lot’s of Love xxxxxx.”
Pat Wates commented: “Happy birthday Bradley xxx.”
Lieann Chard said: “Have a fab day bradley xxx.”
Kimberly Williams wrote: “I go in for a section tomorrow so my little boy will share the same birthday❤️. Happy birthday for tomorrow little man hope your days very special xxxxx.”
Chantelle Louise Fenton said: “Happy birthday little man just hope you OK to celebrate your birthday xxxxxx.”
Katharine Anne Craggs commented: “Happy Birthday Bradley.kisses and hugs from me to you.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.”
Diane Williams said: “Happy birthday Sir Bradley , enjoy your day little man , always a star in my eyes xx.”
Angie Hall wrote: “Happy birthday Bradley x.”
Donna Pybus said: “Happy birthday Bradley have a amazing day xxxlove us all xxxx cannot wait for Friday to see you and family xxxxx.”
Danny Navigator wrote: “Happy Birthday Bradley,sorry for bitter final for your Team!Go On my Boy!”
Irene Adams commented: “Happy birthday Bradley have a lovely 6th birthday with you family and freinds xx.”
Carol Jones said: “Happy birthday Bradley have a lovely fun day with your family & friends xxx.”
Sue Bramham wrote: “Happy birthday. Your so so brave..gorgeous boy. Have a lovely day.”
Sue Rogers commented: “Happy birthday Bradley have a super day brave little man xx.”
Marioline Brincat said: “Happy birthday Bradley. Wish u a very happy day..pls keep faith. Love from Malta.”
John Scotland wrote: “Hope you have the best birthday ever little lad your a Sunderland legend.”
Maryan Wales said: “Happy birthday Bradley have an amazing day your such an inspration to everyone keep fightin xx.”
Karen Harding wrote: “Happy birthday me little fighter so brave have a lovely day.”
Linda Groom said: “Big Happy Birthday to you Bradley your such a brave little boy enjoy your day xxxx.”
Birthday messages can be sent to Bradley’s page athttps://m.facebook.com/bradleysbirthday/