Thousands of fans backed a campaign for Bradley to present the champions with their trophy, but sadly he is too ill to travel
BRADLEY LOWERY will not be able to travel to watch his beloved Sunderland face champions Chelsea on Sunday because he is too ill.
The terminally-ill child, who celebrates his sixth birthday today, was invited down to be a special guest by this season’s Premier League winners.
But unfortunately he will not be able to cheer on his Sunderland idols and join the Chelsea party after his parents revealed he was unable to journey down south.
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His parents wrote: “@ChelseaFC invited brad down on Sunday but unfortunately he is not well enough to go.
“Thank you for everyone for thinking of him.”
Thousands of fans backed a campaign for the mascot to present the Premier League trophy to the title-winning Blues.
The Facebook posting has been shared more than 7,000 times and has 5,000 likes.
And one fan account on Twitter also suggested Bradley present the Premier League trophy, it has been retweeted close to 20,000 times.
But sadly Bradley, who is terminally ill with a rare childhood cancer called neuroblastoma, will not be in attendance at Stamford Bridge.
Bradley will still try and celebrate his birthday with a party in two days, with his parents posting an emotional birthday message to their “amazing little superstar”.
Gemma and Carl Lowery have arranged for fire-breathers, stilt-walkers and a disco for the cancer-battling Sunderland mascot on Friday.
They took to Twitter this morning to post the birthday message to his 103,000 followers.
It read: “Happy 6th birthday to our amazing little super star #HappyBirthdayBrad #smileforbrad.”
Yesterday his family revealed they have had to cancel his Disneyland trip because he is too ill to travel.
Last week they said the terminally ill Sunderland fan is still in a “lot of pain” and is likely to spend his birthday in Great Ormond Street Hospital.
A post on his “fight against neuroblastoma” Facebook page said there is “no doubt there are more new tumours and the disease is progressing”.
Bradley, from Blackhall Colliery near Hartlepool, is a massive Sunderland fan and the club have rallied around him since his terminal diagnosis last year.
He has been led out onto the pitch several times while clutching the hand of his hero Jermain Defoe – the team’s striker.
Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that most commonly afflicts babies and young children.
The disease develops from special nerve cells, known as neuroblasts, which get left behind from the child’s development in the womb.
It mostly begins in the sufferer’s adrenal glands located above the kidneys but can occur in the nerve tissue that runs along the spinal cord in the neck, chest, abdomen or pelvis.
The vicious illness can then spread to other organs like the bone, bone marrow, lymph nodes and skin.
Neuroblastoma afflicts around 100 children a year in the UK but the cause of the disease is still not known.