Everton pledge £200,000 for boy's 'potentially life-saving' cancer treatment in US

Bradley Lowery meets Sunderland star Vito Mannone (left). Credit: PA

A mother of a boy with a rare cancer has described the moment Everton Football Club pledged £200,000 towards his treatment like "winning the lottery".

Bradley Lowery, five, is battling Neuroblastoma for the second time.

His family is trying to raise £700,000 for him to travel to America to see specialists who could save his life.

Neuroblastoma is a rare form of cancer which affects less than 100 children in the UK each year.

It causes tumours - most commonly above the kidneys or in the nerve tissue that runs alongside the spinal cord in the neck, chest, stomach or pelvis.

His mother Gemma said: "Honestly, it was like we won the lottery."

The family were on the way back from an Everton match, where Bradley had led the teams out onto the pitch, when they received the news.

Gemma added: "We were in the limo on the way back from the match and we got a phonecall from my sister-in-law who said Everton had put £200,000 in.

"We didn't believe her, we were like 'no it's a hoax, it's not true', and then we went on the internet and looked for ourselves and we were shouting and screaming. It was amazing, it was brilliant."

The gesture from Everton means the family have now raised the £700,000 they need for Bradley's treatment in the USA.

They are continuing to fundraise to cover the costs travel, accommodation and if any complications arise.

Bradley led the teams out before Everton's 3-0 Premier League win on Monday.

Spectators at the game sang Bradley's name as the clock reached the five-minute mark and gave a minute's applause.

While some carried a banner bearing the message "We're with you Bradley" around the stadium.

Everton have also pledged to auction off shirts from Monday's game to support the fund, and have invited Bradley and his family to the return game at Goodison Park.