Bradley Lowery, the Blackhall youngster who has had cancer for a number of years, has been nominated for the Child of Courage award in recognition of his battle.
The Best Of Wearside awards are an annual awards ceremony that celebrates the best that the people of Sunderland and the surrounding areas have to offer.
Other categories include: fundraiser of the year, volunteer of the year, local hero, child of achievement and a green hero award that recognises someone who has helped keep the area as kind to the environment as possible.
Bradley’s mother, Gemma Lowery, said: “It’s really lovely and overwhelming, the fact that he is going through a hard time and people have taken the time to acknowledging that is really kind.”
Bradley was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2013 and since then has had multiple operations as well as having to deal with lots of chemotherapy.
In 2015, it was thought that Bradley had taken a large step into beating his cancer and he was declared to be in remission; but in July this year, the cancer re-emerged.
The Sunderland AFC fan’s family have been fundraising to fly him out to the US in order to receive life-saving treatment, and have raised more than the £700,000 needed.
Mrs Lowery added: “It’s going amazingly and everyone has been fantastic by fundraising and donations are still coming in.
“The charity has raised a lot of awareness around not only the North East but all the way down the country.”
The awards are run by the Johnston Press and their events team.
In order to nominate someone for any of the categories that the awards cover, visit their website and fill out the form to put forward your nomination.