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How Bradley Lowery’s ‘best friend’ Jermain Defoe stood by the Sunderland-mad youngster until the end and vowed the six-year-old ‘will always be in my heart’

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SUNDERLAND fan Bradley Lowery’s unbelievable bravery joined fans on both sides of the Tyne-Wear competition– with him and footie ace Jermain Defoe striking up a very unique bond.Newcastle fans proudly shouted his name at St James’s Park and belted out tunes in his honour on away trips.

Defoe broke down in tears as he spoke to the football press the other day when inquired about Bradley’s health
The striker requested a minute to compose himself before addressing questions

The pair’s heartfelt friendship began in September last year when little Bradley led out the Sunderland group as they hosted Everton in the Premier League.Bradley got a substantial round of applause during the fifth minute of the game at the Stadium of Light, and both sides sang “there’s only one Bradley Lowery”.

New Bournemouth man Jermain Defoe breaks down in press conference over Bradley Lowery

Speaking after fulfilling his hero Defoe, Bradley told the Sunderland Echo:”This has been remarkable. I got to satisfy Jermain Defoe, who’s my preferred and

everyone stated my name.Then three months later, he satisfied Defoe once again when he came out onto the pitch throughout the Black Felines’ match against Chelsea.

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Bradley Lowery is checked out in hospital by Sunderland football player Jermain Defoe

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others injured after jam-packed school bus collides with bin truck in Birmingham Support for Brad spread across dressing spaces all over, with

Troy Deeney handing Defoe a Christmas card for the lad on behalf of the entire Watford team.In February, Defoe and his team-mates checked out Bradley in health center-and a breeze of the little lad asleep in his arms broke hearts everywhere.Speaking about the see, Defoe stated: “As quickly as I walked into the space, he jumped up and grabbed me and said:’get in the bed!'”He got the covers on me, he stated to his

mum:’could you turn the lights off?’He simply desired a cuddle and to go to sleep. PA: Press Association The six-year-old football mascot touched the nation’s heart with his fight versus the childhood cancer neuroblastoma-as did his relationship with Defoe”You can imagine the amazing feeling. Certainly, it fills you with tears, but you can’t reveal your emotions as he is only young and you do not wish to

reveal him you were upset.

“I have actually been blessed in life and it is a terrific feeling to be able to give something back and make someone so happy, a little kid who is having a difficult time at the moment.”Bradley

remains in my prayers every night. He is a remarkable young male.”In March, little Bradley took the program when he appeared at Wembley as England’s mascot against Lithuania, securely grasping Defoe’s hands. PA: Press Association Defoe and young Bradley share a hug on the pitch before a match The striker joined more than 250 good friends and household at Bradley’s sixth birthday celebration in Might

after he was too ill to celebrate it at home.His buddy Defoe continued to visit him

throughout his fight, raising little Brad’s spirits and speaking with his moms and dads Gemma and Carl every day.Heartwarming moment Jermain Defoe greets Bradley Lowery And despite the

striker leaving Sunderland for Bournemouth, he insisted on checking out Bradley in the house in Blackhall Colliery last week.Tear-jerking pictures shared on Facebook showed Bradley snuggling up to Defoe in bed. Bradley covers his hears on the pitch with Jermain Defoe at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland The striker’s love for the brave lad

was clear when he broke down in tears at a press conference.He told reporters: “It has actually been tough … It has been hard. I have kept this in for so long.”I have tried to be strong for my household and his household however I do not know ways to put in words how I feel. It is a special time,

having that special time with Brads. “The first moment I satisfied him and I could not believe he was the young kid who was ill since he ran over to me.

From that moment, there was an instantaneous connection. I knew he would be mascot however I had not seen a photo

and he simply run over to me. His energy in the changing spaces. Bossing the other kids about. A fantastic character

. Mentioning Bradley’s fight, Defoe stated:’It was so tough to see a kid of that age going through it for so long'” I speak to the household every day and I was with him a couple of days ago. It was difficult to see him suffer like that.”I felt like I was prepared for it after what I went through formerly with my father.” It was so difficult to see a kid of that age going through it for so long.

“It got to the stage where he is undoubtedly struggling. I can say it is probably a matter of days. “He will always be in my heart for the rest of my life. What can I state? We are there for the household, even going forward. It is challenging. It puts stuff into perspective. PA: Press Association Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe welcomes Bradley Lowery, who is normally smiley “There is not a day that passes by where I do not wake up in the early morning and check my phone

or consider little Bradley due to the fact that his love is genuine and I can see it in his eyes.Brave Bradley Lowery has passed away aged 6 as he loses fight with cancer We spend for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk!.?.! or call 0207 782 4368

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