Brave Bradley Lowery falls asleep on his hero Jermain Defoe during hospital visit 5 years ago

Brave Bradley Lowery falls asleep on his hero Jermain Defoe during hospital visit

Bradley Lowery's story is one that has brought football fans together.

The terminally ill five-year-old came to the nation's attention when he led out his team Sunderland as a mascot against Chelsea in December and fans chanted 'there's only one Bradley Lowery'. He was also awarded Sunderland's goal of the month award for December.

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Everton then extended him an invite to be a mascot for their game against Manchester City and the Merseyside club donated £200,000 to help Bradley get life-prolonging treatment in the US.

His story also moved Newcastle fans to pay their own special tribute to the boy from Blackhall Colliery, near Hartlepool.

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Yesterday Bradley got to meet his heroes again as members of the Sunderland squad visited him as he received treatment in hospital.

The young fan, who has been battling a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma since 2013, was able to spend time with his favourite player, Jermain Defoe.

His family tweeted this heart-melting picture Bradley after he fell asleep on the Sunderland forward.

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Defoe then responded to the tweet saying 'love you little man' with a heart.

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Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone also shared this message for Bradley and his family after the visit.

Judging from the reaction Bradley had, the visit made his day.

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