Terminally-ill youngster Bradley Lowery will be named as the 41st rider in Saturday’s Grand National at Aintree, in a bid raise more awareness for his condition.
The 5-year-old was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at 18-months-old. He beat the condition and was in remission, but the disease returned last year. Bradley has been taken under the wing of the football world, leading out his beloved Sunderland and the England national side on multiple occasions.
But now bosses at Aintree are helping to support Bradley and his family with an unprecedented 41st spot on the Grand National racecard.
In the graphic, Bradley’s red and white silks match his beloved football team, Sunderland FC. His age is listed (5) and his date of birth of 17th May is given in place of the weight a horse carries is normally featured (17-5).
His jockey is listed as his brother Kieran, while England striker Jermaine Defoe appears as his trainer. Defoe has visited the 5-year-old on numerous occasions and has grown close to the Lowery family.
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