Sunderland honour young fan battling illness

Every now and again in football, a story emerges to unite rival supporters and display that the sport that we love can do great things. This evening, we saw that was the case with young Bradley Lowery at Sunderland.

The 5-year-old diehard Sunderland fan was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and his parents were handed the devastating news last week that their angel had not benefitted from treatment in America, which was funded by public donations.

Following the news, thousands of people around the world have responded to an urge to send Christmas cards to the young boy and he was given a once in a lifetime opportunity by Sunderland this evening, as he was the Black Cats mascot for the hosting of Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Taking penalties before the match, Bradley scored at the Stadium of Light and also met all of his heroes, as well as the stars of Chelsea.

We urge you to follow @Bradleysfight on Twitter and to send a card to this very special little man to make his Christmas unforgettable.