Cancer Has No Colours: Our Superhero Up in the Sky
By Ritwik Mukherjee
The Premier League has showcased some of the brightest talents the world has seen today. Some of the most expensive signings are playing in the League right now. Makes most of us want to watch the Premier League action every day, doesn’t it?
I am a Chelsea fan, following the Blues for quite a while now. I have had many banter sessions with fans of Manchester United, Arsenal, Spurs and so many more. But, there was one superhero who was quietly loving the game of football for what it is. His name was little Bradley Lowery.
For many of you who don’t know, Bradley Lowery is a little six-year old born in Blackhall. I personally never had an idea about who he was, but then I read articles about his disease which is known as “Neuroblastoma”.
Neuroblastomas are cancers that start in early nerve cells (called neuroblasts) of the sympathetic nervous system, so they can be found anywhere along this system. There is a wide range in how neuroblastomas behave. Some grow and spread quickly, while others grow slowly. Sometimes, in very young children, the cancer cells die for no reason and the tumor goes away on its own. In other cases, the cells sometimes mature on their own into normal ganglion cells and stop dividing.
But, that is just the medical report for those who have no idea what the disease is. But this article is not about Neuroblastoma. This article is about the courage and bravery shown by Bradley.
On 14th July 2017, little Bradley Lowery was given a superhero guard of honor outside the church in little Blackhall. For all of you who don’t know, little Bradley was a reason many football fans gave up bantering and came together to support his medical ailment. His best friend, Sunderland striker, Jermaine Defoe, had personally come to his funeral wearing the England jersey. Other notable figures were David Moyes, Ellis Short, Vito Mannone and John O’Shea.
Jermaine Defoe and Bradley Lowery had become quite the best of friends, in his short spell at Sunderland. It was heartbreaking to see him teary eyed, unable to control his tears as he lost his best friend in a battle against life.
If any of you even decide to Google Bradley Lowery, you will not find one picture with a sad and lonely face. The little boy has only been seen smiling, with his big eyes and a bright smile. His love for football and the game has managed to bring a smile on the faces of fans, especially rivals. His smile had a certain innocence, which made the hardest of hearts melt. Hardest of hearts, because he was carried around by Diego Costa himself.
I personally believe Diego looks like the Grinch, but even the big man has a soft heart for Bradley Lowery.
This article was just a little reminder that cancer has no color. how this little boy managed to unite the football world.