How much can a parent take? You’d think Jody Craddock and his wife Shelley had taken enough when their baby son died while Jody was a Sunderland player. Now another of their children, Toby, just two-and-a-half years old, has been diagnosed as suffering from lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Jody did a Who are You? interview here – https://safc.blog/2010/05/who-are-you-were-wolves-and-im-jody-craddock – before a Wolves v SAFC game a couple of seasons ago.
If that seems untypical for footballers, guided by agents and controlled by clubs as the game becomes ever more corporate, it did not surprise us when he agreed.
He is a great guy by all reliable accounts and Salut! Sunderland’s thoughts are with him and Shelley, and above all with Toby, as the fight against this rotten but curable disease proceeds.
Here is how our friends at the SAFC Supporters’ Association’s London and SE branch circulated the distressing news:
We feel sure many members will be saddened to learn of the latest news which has befallen Jody Craddock and his family, remembering what a popular player he was for us and how he tragically lost his baby son whilst at Sunderland.
Now his youngest two-and-a-half-year-old son, Toby, has been diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and has started a lengthy process of treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
ALL is the most common cancer diagnosed in children but, with improvements in diagnosis and treatment, the overall cure rate is more than 80 per cent. Toby is in the best possible hands but is beginning a long and difficult battle towards recovery. The stress on the family throughout that period is almost unimaginable.
A letter of support to Jody, his wife Shelley and their three boys has been sent on behalf of the London Branch.
I believe that says it all but do not be deterred from adding your own best wishes …