Bradley Lowery won the hearts of many as a football mascot. After an ongoing battle with neuroblastoma, he lost his life earlier this year.
Neuroblastoma is a rare form of cancer that forms in nerve cells left behind from development in the womb. It also forms in the spinal cord, neck, chest, pelvis or abdomen and usually spreads to other organs. Symptoms include swollen stomach, breathlessness, lumps in the neck, fatigue, and much more. To learn more about neuroblastoma, click here.
Bradley Lowery was only six when he passed away due to the debilitating disease. The football aficionado had been battling cancer for most of his life. So much so, that he developed the nickname “Battling Brad.”
He had already conquered the disease once and coasted into remission, until the cancer came back at full force in July 2016. Bradley’s parents made the announcement on July 7th that he could battle no more.
Bradley’s life took a turn for the worse when he was only 18 months old. A tumor was discovered above his left kidney that rapidly spread to other areas. As his parents raced to raise money for U.S. treatment, the cancer became terminal.
In June, Bradley’s mother posted a heart crushing photo on social media of an agonized Bradley with his older brother where she wrote that he was “deteriorating fast.”
On his final days, Bradley tried his best to smile and give photos a thumb’s up. He had “bed parties” where he said goodbyes to his loved ones before going to sleep.
All of the money raised for his treatment will now go toward the Lowery fund, which will benefit others with the disease.