For the past couple years, the soccer community had gathered around young Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery, who was suffering from neuroblastoma. Players and teams throughout the Premier League bonded together to support Bradley and give him a great life. Bradley’s parents posted on Facebook that their son died from the fatal illness at the age of six.

 

My brave boy has went with the angels today 07/07/17 at 13:35, in mammy and daddies arms surrounded by his family. 💔💔💔

He was our little superhero and put the biggest fight up but he was needed else where.

There are no words to describe how heart broken we are.

Thank you everyone for all your support and kind words.

Sleep tight baby boy and fly high with them angels 💙💙💙💙

Bradley’s death has devastated everyone within the soccer community but none probably as much as Jermain Defoe. The former Sunderland captain met Bradley when they were paired up to walk out before a game and had been virtually inseparable after. Defoe treated Bradley as if he was his son and went to visit and be at his bedside whenever he could. The now Bournemouth striker hasn’t posted anything since Bradley’s death but Defoe knew and acknowledged it was a matter of time and broke down in tears when asked about Bradley during a press conference Thursday.

 

 

Rivalry and team allegiances were set aside as everyone honored Bradley throughout his fight. Tributes poured in from all over once it was revealed Bradley had passed.

 

 

Bradley’s parents had set up a site to donate money for Bradley’s treatment. Now, money is still going to be raised and go toward setting up the Bradley Lowery Foundation, which will help pay for treatment for other kids who have neuroblastoma.

Bradley Lowery’s story touched many and showed that for all the negative things that can take place within sports and specifically in soccer, it can also bring so many people together for someone who still saw the sport they loved at its most innocent. Bradley Lowery was a fan of the sport and the sport was a fan of him and while he lived a rough and unfair life, those around him did the best they could to make sure he made the most of what little time he had.

It’s true what everyone is saying in the soccer world, there’s really only one Bradley Lowery.

About Phillip Bupp

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