Bradley Lowery touched the lives of many including millions of football fans before sadly passing away in July earlier this year at just six years of age.
The young die-hard Sunderland supporter fought bravely in the public eye against the terminal childhood cancer neuroblastoma. Bradley appeared as a mascot for his beloved Sunderland in September 2016 and formed an instant bond with his favourite player, Jermaine Defoe.
As Defoe explains in a recent interview on the Clare Balding show, there was an instant connection between the pair.
The friendship between Lowery and Defoe saw the youngster accompany the striker as a mascot for an England international match at Wembley. Lowery was also afforded the opportunity to be crowned the winner of December 2016’s BBC Match Of The Day’s ‘Goal Of The Month’ as support came from all corners in droves for the brave youngster.
Defoe stayed in touch with the Lowery family and grew close to Bradley, often visiting him in hospital which would make his number one fan’s day.
The current Bournemouth striker frequently referred to Bradley as his “best mate” throughout the gruelling battle with the devastating illness and was clearly distraught at the news of his passing, despite the tragic inevitability of the situation.
Defoe has now opened up on that special bond which was built in front of the eyes of the football world, expressing how much the close relationship with Bradley meant to him.
Check out the prolific Premier League goalscorer share the story of his first time meeting Bradley and explain how they struck up an instant friendship, along with tales of heartwarming hospital visits before the day came when he sadly passed away: