Lighting up the sky to show love for Bradley
A charity will show its support for Bradley Lowery by lighting the sky for him.
Despite the treatment he has been undergoing since doctors found his neuroblastoma had returned in July, scans have found the five-year-old’s cancer has continued to grow.
His parents Gemma and Carl have considered the options given by his consultant and have decided he should be given oral chemotherapy until Christmas, when they plan to make lots of good memories.
In the New Year, they hope he will under go antibody and further chemo in the hope they can have as much time as they can with him.
The Miles for Men charity has said it plans to run a lantern release to give Bradley “something magical” to enjoy.
Wearsiders have already got in touch to say they will let off lanterns in Sunderland, with others from Peterlee, Horden and Blackhall also getting in touch to say they will be lending their support.
In a co-ordinated effort, their lanterns and around 500 others will be lit and released on Sunday, December 18, at 5pm, behind the Mecca bingo hall in Hartlepool Marina.
Everton fans, who have adopted Bradley’s fund after he was a mascot at their match against Sunderland in September, have also been encouraged to take part.
The lantern release plans come as a candlelit vigil is planned for Bradley this Sunday.
It will be held from 8pm to 10pm on Sunday to show support for him and all others battling the same form of cancer.
People are being encouraged to share and spread the word by taking a photo of their candle and posting it on social media using the hastags #hopeforbradley and #bradleysfight.
The chant “There’s only one Bradley Lowery” is also proposed for the fifth minute of Sunderland’s home game against Chelsea on Wednesday.
Micky Day, a founder of Hartlepool-based Miles for Men, said of the lantern release: “Bradley is close to our heart and we just thought we should do something nice to say ‘we support you.’
“There’s a major chance this boy will lose his life and we want to do something amazing for him.”
A donation of £200 has been given by Hartlepool Councillor Dave Hunter towards the lanterns, with 50 donated by town business Garthy’s World, with the remainder to be bought by Miles for Men.
Messages of support have continued to flood in for the Blackhall boy after his family revealed doctors have told them they will lose Bradley, regardless of what treatment and care he is given.
Details of Bradley’s campaign, which has raised more than £700,000 for treatment in the US and could help cover the antibody therapy, can be found via the Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma on Facebook.
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