Bradley Lowery may have been only six when his life sadly ended on Friday – but what a life.
BBC Sport 7 July 2017:
‘Six-year-old Bradley Lowery, whose plight touched the lives of many people, has died after a long illness.
The Sunderland fan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a rare type of cancer – when he was 18 months old.
Bradley went on to be the club’s mascot and became “best mates” with his hero, striker Jermain Defoe.’
There really is nothing worse than seeing kids with such terrible conditions, the things they have to go through as their parents do their very best to ensure that as well as trying to minimise the pain & suffering, attempting to give them as full a life as possible.
Well, the story/life of Bradley Lowery certainly captured people’s imaginations and ensured that he had a very full, though short, life that most football fans can only dream of.
It is difficult to get the right balance when writing about these things, as when all is said and done, Bradley isn’t yours or mine. However, it isn’t difficult to feel empathy/sympathy for what his family and friends are going through, whilst at the same time admiring the bravery of how he and others like him, battle through day by day against the odds.
It is also a great reminder for those of us who are football fans, that no sport comes anywhere near to touching so many people around the globe.
Football is truly the world game and the ever rising money paid by broadcasters around the world to screen the Premier League, tells you that England is the real home of football that everybody wants a part of.
A big part of that global appeal is the passion and rivalry of English football, no country coming close to having so many away fans week in week out travelling away, helping to create a unique experience for those watching on TV.
Newcastle and Sunderland fans are divided by football to such an extent like very few other places BUT when kids likes Bradley Lowery and others come along, they remind us of all the good things that unite us in the north east and beyond, no matter which club you support.
Bradley Lowery wasn’t yours or mine but he symbolised everything that is good about football. How much the football community can give kids like him AND of course, how much Bradley and others can give back to the rest of us.
The reminder to enjoy every day that we have and enjoy the great sport of football, enjoy supporting Newcastle….or Sunderland, or whoever.
For rivalry you need rivals and there is nothing wrong with wanting the worst for Sunderland on the pitch but we can all be united as people, loving football and recognising the contribution of somebody such as Bradley Lowery.