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.”
Serena, who struck up a Twitter friendship with the 5-year-old Jack Marshall his family via Twitter, invited Jack and his family to Wimbledon. They all came 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.”
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