Cancer Victim Serena visited during Wimbledon loses Battle Today

Serena was the big winner at Wimbledon 2011 though she never even played in the final!  Serena’s big win occurred off the tennis court.  The 13 Grand Slam Champion made time during the tournament to spend two days with five year old Jack Marshall who was battling cancer. Jack lost the battle with cancer today! Little Jack was diagnosed at age four in 2009 with a cancerous tumor. The operation in October of that year revealed that the cancer had spread, leaving Jack unable to walk.  He bravely battled the disease and its various treatments until the very end.

“I read his story, and my heart kind of went out for him,” Williams said. “I thought if I made it to Wimbledon, I wanted to invite Jack out.”

Williams, who struck up a Twitter friendship with the 5-year-old Jack Marshall his family via Twitter, invited them to watch her second round defeat of Simona Halep on Thursday.

 The family said Jack, who was in a stroller with two teddy bears, enjoyed getting out of the house. He kissed Serena’s hand and “flashed winks at her,” according to his mother. 

After meeting Jack Serena responded, “It’s just been so amazing, his whole story, to be so small to have such courage. He calls me his best bud, so I love it.”

Heartfelt prayers to Jack’s parents, brother and entire family! Little Jack Marshall a sweet courageous bo, gone too soon!

Visit the Jack Marshall website read more aboaut Jack: http://www.jacksfund.co.uk/Homepage

Below a reprint of the USA Today June article included in my previous post…

Serena takes time out to meet with cancer-stricken boy

Serena Williams spent time Thursday with a British boy stricken with cancer.

WIMBLEDON,  England — Serena Williamshas the heart of a champion and plenty of left over to spread around.

 
Serena Williams spent time Thursday with a British boy stricken with  cancer.

The defending champion found time Wednesday and Thursday to hang out with a British boy suffering from terminal cancer. Williams, who struck up a Twitter friendship with the 5-year-old Jack Marshall his family via Twitter, invited them to watch her second round defeat of Simona Halep on Thursday.

“She’s beautiful but even more so when you meet her and see her personality,” said the boy’s mother, Tracey Marshall.

Doctors removed a brain tumor from Jack in October 2009 but the cancer returned. The family was told in March he had three days to live.
There are no other treatments available.

“I read his story, and my heart kind of went out for him,”
Williams said.  “I thought if I made it to Wimbledon, I wanted to
invite Jack out.”

The family from Scunthorpe in Northern England was thrilled to see Williams in person, and spent time with her after the match. They
credited the American for helping bring consciousness to Jack’s condition.

“Jack’s legacy will be to make people aware of brain tumors,” said his father, Craig Marshall.

The family said Jack, who was in a stroller with two teddy bears, enjoyed getting out of the house. He kissed Serena’s hand and “flashed
winks at her,” according to his mother.

“It’s just been so amazing, his whole story, to be so small to have such courage,” Williams said Serena. “He calls me his best bud, so I
love it.”

Originally posted here:  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2011-06-23-wimbledon-serena-williams_n.htm

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