Jermain Defoe has said that he prays for Bradley Lowery every day and hopes that God heals him.
The six-year-old Lowery served as mascot for Sunderland as well as the England national team this past season and touched the hearts of many football fans around the world.
During the course of the season, Defoe who was arguably Sunderland’s best player formed a close relationship with Lowery and the veteran striker even attended his sixth birthday celebrations two weeks ago.
Defoe even has referred to Lowery as his “best mate”. Following Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League this past season, Defoe is set to leave the Black Cats on a free transfer and is believed to be joining Bournemouth.
Recent reports have suggested that Lowery has just weeks left to live after his condition is said to have worsened.
Whilst speaking about Lowery, Defoe said, “Everywhere I go people ask after him. David Moyes took us to New York mid-season and people were coming up to me saying ‘how’s Bradley?’ Part of you feels it’s good that we have helped raise awareness of the illness. But it’s also really sad.
“When you see a six-year-old suffer like that, it’s so hard to understand. He’s hardly had a life. I pray for him every day, just ask God to heal him.”