A HUGE fundraising campaign to support a little boy must continue.
That’s the message from Mark Rycraft, who has led the Bradley Lowery Neuroblastoma Fight Group, which aims to raise £500,000. It wants to pay for treatment overseas, should three-year-old Bradley Lowery from Blackhall suffer a relapse.
He has fought a neuroblastoma for the last two years but earlier this month, his parents, Gemma and Carl Lowery, were told that he is now showing no evidence of cancer in his body. The couple who also have a son, Kieran, 12, say they couldn’t have wished for anything better in the run-up to Christmas.
Around £236,000 has been raised for the fund, and Mr Rycraft said: “We have been overwhelmed with the response from the local community. It has been phenomenal. It has been like that throughout the whole of Bradley’s treatment and the campaign to raise money.”
But he urged people to keep giving support, and to keep organising their own fundraising events, because there is a chance Bradley may suffer a relapse. He said: “If that happens, we need the cash. We want to get the fund to the level that it needs to be if there was a relapse.
“The coverage that we receive from all people is amazing and money is still being donated. This is a lovely time for Bradley’s family, but we are asking people to keep on giving and keep organising fundraising events.”
Mr Rycraft said statistics show that the first five years are the time when chances of a relapse are highest.
The fight group won the fundraiser of the year category in the 2014 Hartlepool Mail awards.
Bradley’s mum Gemma Lowery also urged people to keep backing the fundraising cause. She said: “We shall still be having a lot of hospital visits and a lot of treatment over the next few months before we finish with all that.”
And she said the type of cancer that Bradley had, it was important to keep the option open of treatment in the USA in case it returned.
People can support the cause by visiting bradleylowerysfight.org.uk/. They can also make a donation on the page.
And people can also find out more about the cause and about Bradley on the Facebook site at www.facebook.com/BradleyLowerysFightAgainstNeuroblastoma