The family of Bradley Lowery have shared their devastation at the news that fresh tests on the little Sunderland fan have revealed a new growth on his back.

The football fraternity has taken the five-year-old to their hearts since an appeal was launched to raise funds for expensive treatment in the United States to treat neuroblastoma, the cancer he with which he was diagnosed in 2013.

Everton FC pledged £200,000 to the fund last year and he was invited to be the mascot at Goodison Park for a recent home game.

Sadly, Bradley's condition was deemed terminal late in 2016 but the family vowed to fight on in the hope that he could beat the cancer but now they were awaiting confirmation of the discovery of a new tumour at the base of his back.

"Bradley scans show that there has been a small reduction in some parts, however there is a new tumour on the bottom of his back," Bradley's mother Gemma wrote in an update to Facebook yesterday.

"As you can imagine we are devastated and heart-broken with this news as I really wanted the new treatment to work.

"We are not sure where we go from here as it will depend on his bone marrow biopsy results. He is getting this done tomorrow, but results won't be back for another week.

"Why is life so cruel? Why do we have to get bad news time after time? Why does my baby not get a break?"

The Toffees meet the Black Cats again this weekend where Bradley will once again be a mascot and he is sure to be among the thoughts and prayers of both sets of fans.


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