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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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 23/02/2017 at 06:21:23
He and his family are certainly in mine.
Martin Nicholls
2 Posted 23/02/2017 at 08:41:09
Absolutely tragic news. His family must be devastated.
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 23/02/2017 at 08:48:03
Sad news. Hope the biopsy results go the right way.
Chris Williams
4 Posted 23/02/2017 at 08:51:04
God love this little boy.
Paul Kelly
5 Posted 23/02/2017 at 14:24:47
Heartbreaking. Praying they get some good news they so desperately deserve.
Steve Jones
6 Posted 23/02/2017 at 14:41:42
Need to try and get a 'one Bradley Lowery' chant going on 5 minutes. Sure the Mackems would join in quick enough.
Mike Gaynes
7 Posted 23/02/2017 at 15:52:04
Great idea, Steve. Suggest you might post that thought on their chat boards and put the word out. They have several:

That last site has a thread specifically about us:

Brent Stephens
8 Posted 23/02/2017 at 16:37:32
Good posts, Steve and Mike.
Lee Whitehead
9 Posted 23/02/2017 at 17:25:05
Lost my little boy, "Alex Lee" in 1997 to this horrible disease – he was 3!

Sad thing is, once it comes back, the chances are virtually zero.

All our thoughts are with the Lowery family at this very sad time. xxxx

Patrick Murphy
10 Posted 23/02/2017 at 18:14:47
It's terribly sad news that the Lowery family have had to take on board, and it does make us all ponder how life is very precious and particularly that of a small child.

On Saturday brave youngster Bradley will be at Goodison as the Sunderland mascot and he will lead both teams out on to the pitch. Whilst there is nothing tangible we can do for his health, wouldn't it be fantastic if 40,000 Blues and Mackems sang "We love you Bradley – we really do!" Good luck Bradley and best wishes.

Bradley Mascot

Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 23/02/2017 at 18:25:41
Great info, Patrick.
David Richards
12 Posted 23/02/2017 at 20:19:08
Such a brave boy.
Pray for Bradley and his family.
Dave Williams
13 Posted 23/02/2017 at 20:36:03
Dreadful news – life can be so cruel and at such a young age too.

Great posts from the guys above – let's give the lad a rousing reception.
Darren Hind
14 Posted 23/02/2017 at 21:15:23
Lee @ 9 Truly heart breaking my friend.

Some nice posts above; anything that can make this brave little lads day better get my vote.

I can hardly bear to read his mam's words. Absolutely choked.

Paul Birmingham
15 Posted 23/02/2017 at 22:35:15
This is real life and puts it in perspective as to what family is and how important it is. To brave Bradley and his family, you're in our thoughts and prayers.
Andy Finigan
16 Posted 25/02/2017 at 19:50:37
Great to hear the crowd both blues and reds singing his name after 5 minutes of the match. Hope he gets better.
David Ellis
17 Posted 26/02/2017 at 08:30:44
Bradley didn't look too well yesterday compared to previous occasions. So sad.

The son of a friend of mine committed suicide last weekend aged 15. No one knows why. Seemed to come completely out of the blue. There's no way back from things like this. I just can't imagine what they are going through.

Terry Underwood
18 Posted 26/02/2017 at 11:48:34
We cannot imagine what the family is going through. I am sure that we all wish for a positive outcome for this brave little guy.
Mike Gaynes
19 Posted 06/07/2017 at 01:10:04
The Echo has posted a story indicating that little Bradley's fight is almost over.
Matt Traynor
20 Posted 07/07/2017 at 15:52:40
RIP Bradley
Seamus McCrudden
21 Posted 07/07/2017 at 16:02:12
God bless him what an inspirational wee man. RIP Bradley.
Keith Slinger
22 Posted 07/07/2017 at 16:07:41
Gutted for the little man, RIP Bradley.
Chris Williams
23 Posted 07/07/2017 at 16:07:49
God love him, rest in peace.

Lovely piece on Sky about Bradley and Jermaine Defoe this morning. Touching how that bond grew.

Tom Fazal
24 Posted 07/07/2017 at 16:08:02
Deepest sympathy to his family. A brave young man taken much too soon. His courage and determination to fight this awful disease is an inspiration to us all. Seeing his smiling face was always something to treasure.

RIP, Bradley.

Tony Hill
25 Posted 07/07/2017 at 16:08:31
What a total delight he was. RIP.
Carl Taylor
26 Posted 07/07/2017 at 16:09:35
Such sad news. God Bless. Puts a lot of things in perspective. Heart breaking.
Dave Abrahams
27 Posted 07/07/2017 at 16:11:49
So very sad for this little boy and his family, life is hard to grasp at times and there are no words really to ease the family's grief.

May you find a much better life in your new world, Bradley. Sincere condolences to his family. RIP.

Brian Williams
28 Posted 07/07/2017 at 16:14:57
RIP little man. You showed more bravery and moved people more in your short life than any footballer ever has or ever will. Thoughts with his family who though devastated should be so proud. Thoughts also with Jermaine Defoe.
Mike Green
29 Posted 07/07/2017 at 16:21:53
Very proud of how Sunderland AFC, Jermaine Defoe and our club stood up and supported Bradley and his family through these darkest of times.

My sincere condolences to them all. RIP.

Mike Gaynes
30 Posted 07/07/2017 at 16:35:21
He and his family went through so much that most of us couldn't even comprehend. My heart goes out to them, and to all the little Bradleys and their families the world doesn't know about. I've read that of all cancer deaths in children, about 15% are caused by neuroblastoma.

One of our TWers lost a child to this terrible disease. May there come a time when it takes no more kids, and may it come soon.

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