Former Sunderland star Jody Craddock suffers second family saddness

FILE PIC - former Sunderland footballer Jody Craddock

FILE PIC - former Sunderland footballer Jody Craddock

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FORMER Sunderland star Jody Craddock’s two-year-old son has been diagnosed with leukaemia.

 His club Wolverhampton Wanderers confirmed the devastating news that the defender and wife Shelley’s son Toby is suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL).

 The family has already suffered tragedy. The couple’s first son Jake was discovered dead at their then home in Peterlee in August 2002, aged just four months.

 Wolves said Toby has already started treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

 ALL is the most common cancer in children. The cure rate is about 80 per cent.

 Club manager Terry Connor said: “Everyone connected with the club will be devastated to hear the news about Toby, and we want to offer all their love and support to Jody, Shelley and their three boys.

 “We are comforted to hear that the programme of treatment will give Toby a very good chance of a full recovery.

 “And we know that at Birmingham Children’s Hospital he is in the best possible hands.

 “But we are aware that the diagnosis is the start of a long and difficult time for young Toby, and as a club we will be there to stand side by side with the Craddock family throughout these difficult times.

 “Our thoughts and prayers are with Toby and the whole family.”

 Craddock proved an immense hit with SAFC supporters after his arrival in Wearside from Cambridge United in 1997, and was fans’ Player of The Year.