An 11-year-old boy who was diagnosed with cancer days after complaining of earache has received touching video messages of support from some of Britain's biggest sporting stars.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, England manager Gareth Southgate and former boxing world champion Tony Bellew are just some of the superstars who have sent Thomas Cunningham video messages of support.
The talented footballer, from Wavertree Garden Suburb, Liverpool, who has had trials with Liverpool and Everton, was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin's Lymphoma after complaining that his left ear hurt.
Thomas was told the crushing news in May and concerned doctors found that the cancer, which originates in the lymph system, had spread from his neck and chest to his spleen and lungs.
Former club captain, Steven Gerrard, (pictured) said in a touching video: 'Everyone is right behind you.
Keep your chin up'
He is now sidelined from the game he loves and is enduring 12 months of brutal treatment including chemotherapy and steroid intakes to combat his breathing difficulties when lying down.
But the big Liverpool fan and former season ticket holder has been 'overwhelmed' after some of the club's legends reached out days after his heartbreaking diagnosis.
Former club captain, Steven Gerrard, said in a touching video: 'Everyone is right behind you. Keep your chin up.
'I've heard you're a fantastic little footballer and a big red and a great little kid.
I just wanted to send you my best wishes.