THOUSANDS of supporters have pledged their backing to a toddler as his family spread word about his cancer fight online.
The video of Bradley Lowery has been seen by more than 4,700 people after it was uploaded onto YouTube just days ago.
It is hoped it will attract funding to help his loved ones hit the £500,000 target to cover the cost of treatment in the US, which will fight any relapse of the rare neuroblastoma cancer.
The fund stands at £26,000 so far.
The two-year-old’s doctors here have said those who suffer from the illness are given a 50/50 chance of survival, and of those who are declared clear, 80 per cent will relapse.
Bradley, son of 30-year-olds Gemma and Carl and brother of 11-year-old Kieran, is coming to the end of a course of more than a dozen doses of chemotherapy.
He has also undergone a 12-hour operation which removed three-quarters of the tumour in his abdomen, followed by a two-day stay in intensive care.
Doctors at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle are also planning a second operation to reduce the size of the tumour in his chest, caused by his cancer spreading.
Specialists at the children’s heart unit at the Freeman Hospital will carry out the surgery because it is wrapped around one of Bradley’s main arteries.
Gemma, a NHS health trainer at Healthworks in Easington Colliery, said she had been inundated with messages of support from people who had already seen the video, which features Bradley before he became ill and into his treatment.
She said: “This video will help people to realise that Bradley has a personality and see how adorable he is, that he’s loving and what’s involved.
“They will get a glimpse of what he’s like and how well he’s doing and how he’s still smiling through it. He’s coped so well will the operation.”
Gemma said one of the toughest moments she has faced was seeing Bradley go through his mammoth operation.
“To see him so poorly is so awful but it’s also knowing that it won’t be the last time he’ll go through it, because unfortunately he’ll have to do it again,” she added.
Although the Lowerys, who live in Blackhall, are facing tough times, they say the help they have been given is helping them through.
“The support we get every day is absolutely amazing,” said Gemma, whose husband is a self-employed builder and runs Ridgepoint North East.
The couple are now being backed by a publicity officer Mark Rycraft, who put together the video and is helping to update the Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma Facebook page and has launched bradleylowerysfight.co.uk.
Among the events being planned to boost the appeal is a ladies’ night, which will be held on Saturday, November 30, at Easington Colliery Welfare Club, with doors to open at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £15 and anyone interested can contact organisers through the Facebook page or Twitter via @Bradleysfight.