The Bradley Lowery Foundation Has Raised Over £3 Million To Help Seriously Ill Children
A foundation set up in honour of the late Bradley Lowery has raised £3 million and helped over 30 seriously ill children.
The brave 6-year-old from Blackhall Colliery, near Hartlepool, captured the hearts of a nation with his charming smile and love for football.
Bradley sadly lost his battle with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, in July 2017 after previously overcoming the disease, but his Mum, Gemma, has ensured his legacy lives on through the Bradley Lowery Foundation.
After Bradley passed before he was due to go the US for pioneering antibody treatment, which £1.3 million was raised far, Gemma decided to shift her focus on kids who need the sort of treatment Bradley was unfortunately unable to get.
£3 million has been raised thanks to the work of Gemma and more than 30 ill children have been aided by the fundraising campaign - including a young girl with the same rare form of cancer Bradley had. She is now in remission.
I'm running the Paris Marathon in just 2 weeks to raise money for the Bradley Lowery Foundation @Bradleysfight who help support @islasfight please donate if you can, every penny helps. Thank you! #COYI @lindazaking :blush::heart::runner:♂️⚒ https://t.co/OmkFeU6SLa- Simon Banks (@SiBanksy) March 29, 2019
In Gemma's eyes, she is merely doing what Bradley would have wanted.
"It helps me seeing other families getting the treatment that Bradley could have had. I don't want them to go through what I did," Gemma told The Sunday People.
"It's what Bradley would have wanted too. He would say it's the right thing to do. I'm proud and he'd be proud.
"That's why I do it - for the children and for him."
Bradley was Sunderland mascot for a number of games and the club have continued to remember him.
In November 2017, the Wearside club created 'For Bradley', bringing out a special edition home shirt with 'For Bradley, For Everyone' on the front - with the proceeds going towards building a holiday home, to be called 'Bradley's Place', for seriously ill children and their families.
Sunderland will be releasing a limited edition shirt featuring a logo 'For Bradley for everyone' - ALL profits will go towards the Bradley Lowery foundation.- Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) November 17, 2017
For a club that can't do much right at the moment, this is something they have never let themselves down on. :clap: pic.twitter.com/Uq6AlCZL68
Today, in the Checkatrade Trophy final against Portsmouth, at Wembley, both clubs erupted in a special applause for Bradley in the sixth minute.