‘He is gone but his legacy lives on’: Bradley Lowery’s mother tells of her pride as developer unveils new street named in his honour four years after he died from cancer
The mother of Bradley Lowery, the late football fanatic who died of cancer aged six, said her son’s ‘legacy lives on’ after unveiling a new residential street named in his honour.
Bradley touched the hearts of the nation during his brave battle with neuroblastoma and his close friendship with Sunderland and England star Jermain Defoe.
Now, four years on, ‘Bradley Lowery Way’ can be found in the town of Blackhall Colliery, in County Durham, close to where the England mascot lived his short life.
As well as the new street, the youngster’s name also lives on through the Bradley Lowery Foundation which helps other children fighting illness up and down the country.
Bradley’s mum Gemma Lowery was invited as a special guest to officially unveil the new street sign yesterday.
She said: ‘This is more like a personal thing. ‘I know the Foundation is helping so many children which is amazing but this is personal for me because this now lives on forever and people who buy these houses are going to live on the Bradley Lowery Way.
As well as the new street, the youngster’s name also lives on through the Bradley Lowery Foundation which helps other children fighting illness up and down the country. Pictured: Gemma Lowery unveiling the new street sign
‘When I got the phone call I was astonished, I was amazed and the feeling that I’ve got inside, I just can’t describe it – he is gone but his legacy lives on and this is just one way of showing that.
‘It is incredible and it makes me so proud.’
As well as the gesture of the street name, staff at house-builders Gleeson Homes have been walking the distance between John o’ Groats and Lands End across various parts of the North East.
They have raised £4,000 which will go towards ‘Super Brad’s Pad’, a holiday home in Scarborough which will allow the families of poorly children to spend time there making memories.
Bradley touched the hearts of the nation during his brave battle with neuroblastoma and his close friendship with Sunderland and England star Jermain Defoe
Bradley was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was just 18-months-old. The public raised more than £1.3million to send him to America for antibody treatment.
Despite this, doctors found that his tumour had grown, and informed his parents Gemma and Carl Lowery, that their son had just ‘months to live’ in December 2016.
Bradley’s story quickly spread across the globe and he received hundreds of thousands of well-wishes and cards over the Christmas period.
Defiant until the end, the ‘little superhero’ passed away in his parents’ arms on July 7, 2017, and football clubs across the country shared a minute’s applause before their matches in a show of respect for the youngster.
Jermain Defoe, then of Sunderland FC, and England mascot Bradley Lowery line up prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between England and Lithuania
Gemma Lowery shared a picture of baby clothes with the words ‘handpicked for Earth by my brother in Heaven’ alongside her ultrasound scan
Carl and Gemma Lowery are expecting their third child later this year. Pictured: The parents and their son, Bradley, who battled stage four neuroblastoma until 2017
Back in May, the MailOnline reported that Bradley’s parents were expecting a third child this November.
In a social media post Mrs Lowery shared a picture of baby clothes with the words ‘handpicked for Earth by my brother in Heaven’ alongside her ultrasound scan.
She wrote: ‘Now this decision didn’t come lightly, Carl and I have so much love to give, so after lots of conversations, I have some news to tell you…….
‘Baby Lowery number 3 on its way, we decided to start trying in January for a baby and it didn’t take long to see them two lines on the pregnancy stick.
‘Bradley is going to be the best guardian angel to his little brother or sister. Myself Carl and Kieran are absolutely over the moon and very excited for November to meet our prince or princes(s).’