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Our thoughts and prayers are with Bradley’s parents, Gemma and Carl, his brother Kieran and their family and friends. We extend our love and support to them, now and always.

Bradley captured the hearts and minds of everyone at our club with his indomitable spirit, tremendous courage and beautiful smile, which could light up even the darkest of rooms. Despite battling neuroblastoma for much of his all too short life, he demonstrated a bravery and fortitude beyond his years that humbled us all. He was truly an inspiration.

His heart-warming friendship with players and staff alike epitomised the impact this wonderful little boy had on everyone he met. He had a special relationship with Jermain Defoe and their feelings for each other were evident for all to see. Jermain, naturally, is heartbroken.

Bradley’s story not only touched our club and our fans, but also the wider football community. Football can be a powerful force for good and our sport came together to embrace Bradley’s fight in a unique way. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to every club and fan who supported Bradley in recent months and showed such warmth and kindness to the Lowery’s - we are truly grateful.

Throughout his illness, Bradley’s family and friends have worked tirelessly to increase awareness of this brutal disease. Their fundraising campaign, initially for Bradley’s treatment and subsequently to raise money for the foundation that will bear his name, will ensure that other youngsters and parents facing the devastation of life-threatening illnesses will have the help and support they so desperately need.

Bradley’s passing will have a profound effect on everyone and we understand that people will want to reach out to support the Lowery’s. We would kindly ask on their behalf however, that that they are given the privacy they need as a family at this most unimaginably difficult time. We will continue to support them in whatever way we can.

 

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It is gut wrenching but at least he is no longer in pain and suffering. My heart goes out to his parents as how they have coped with what they have been through, and what they will now be going through, I don't know. It is just not natural to lose a child.

Bradley's battle has been well publicised but what makes it even more horrible is that there will be many other children and parents going through similar that we obviously don't hear about.

RIP Little man.

 

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5 minutes ago, TrentVilla said:

I've two boys younger than little Bradley and this terrifies me, breaks my heart and makes me incredibly grateful for what I have all at the same time. 

I'll be hugging my boys all the more tightly this evening.

When Sunderland come to VP I hope the Holte rises and sings this lads name, I'd also love to see a banner or two in his memory.

Heart breaking.

Yep, it absolutely terrifies me regarding something like this happening to one of my kids, but I suppose it does no good worrying about what if's. The only bad thing about having kids is the worry. 

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17 minutes ago, Rugeley Villa said:

Yep, it absolutely terrifies me regarding something like this happening to one of my kids, but I suppose it does no good worrying about what if's. The only bad thing about having kids is the worry. 

You never get over it, even when they're grown up. Then you have grandchildren, and two generations to worry about. 

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24 minutes ago, TrentVilla said:

I've two boys younger than little Bradley and this terrifies me, breaks my heart and makes me incredibly grateful for what I have all at the same time. 

I'll be hugging my boys all the more tightly this evening.

When Sunderland come to VP I hope the Holte rises and sings this lads name, I'd also love to see a banner or two in his memory.

Heart breaking.

I also have two little ones aged 5 and 2.  Total gut wrenching just looking at them and thinking of life without either of them.  My thoughts are with his family.  

Great point Trent re Sunderland visiting VP. 

RIP little man and keep smiling. 

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1 hour ago, markavfc40 said:

It is gut wrenching but at least he is no longer in pain and suffering. My heart goes out to his parents as how they have coped with what they have been through, and what they will now be going through, I don't know. It is just not natural to lose a child.

Bradley's battle has been well publicised but what makes it even more horrible is that there will be many other children and parents going through similar that we obviously don't hear about.

RIP Little man.

 

The foundation set up in his name will no doubt help many children in future suffering from this awful illness but Bradley will never be forgotten - credit to all football fans for uniting in support of this brave  little man . 

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Was at the cinema this afternoon, so didn't hear the sad news, till I was driving home, and it was on the radio. Didn't really hit me, till I watched a feature on the BBC, then Niagara Falls. Like leemond, I don't normally follow stuff like this, but again like leemond, I really cared about this young lad. So sad. I really feel for his family. RIP little man x

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Not a lot has been made of it least of all by Defoe but his half brother was killed a few years ago and he lost his dad to cancer. I'd imagine these things had an impact on him when it came to young Bradley.

 

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2 hours ago, ferguson1 said:

I also have two little ones aged 5 and 2.  Total gut wrenching just looking at them and thinking of life without either of them.  My thoughts are with his family.  

Great point Trent re Sunderland visiting VP. 

RIP little man and keep smiling. 

Mine are 4 & 2, makes you appreciate even more how lucky we are doesn't it. I had a couple of people in the office moaning about absolutely nothing earlier so I turned the radio right up when it came on the second time about young Bradley.

They got the point.

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