Dylan plays tennis with Andy Murray!
Eight year old Dylan Martin-Harley was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was just seven years old. However, Dylan has grown up with tennis and loves to play regularly at his local club in Windsor. Even though Dylan lost sight in one eye after surgery, his enthusiasm for the game has continued throughout treatment and he often plays pretend tennis matches, with Andy Murray as his opponent! So when Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK, the charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions, asked what his wish would be, he chose to challenge Andy Murray to a hit around on court…
Dylan, from Windsor, travelled with his family in a limousine to the Queens Club. Upon arrival he was met by Andy’s team and close friend, Ross Hutchins, who was diagnosed with cancer in December 2012. Dylan then took to the court with Andy, where he impressed the Wimbledon champion with his shots. On their last rally, Dylan even managed to hit a winner down the line!
Dylan’s mum Jane said: “The wish was fantastic and it was amazing to see Dylan hitting with Andy. Tennis has played a huge part in keeping us going throughout Dylan’s treatment, so today has meant so much to us all.”
Andy Murray said: “I have met a few Make-A-Wish children over the years and I always find it an inspiring experience. It was great to meet Dylan and his family today. He is a great little tennis player and had me running all over the court and even finished up with a winner down the line!”
Dylan was diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of two golf balls in April 2013. He had brain surgery the day after he was diagnosed, and is currently on an 18 month chemotherapy programme, which has made him very sick. Dylan lost his sight in his left eye after the brain surgery and only has tunnel vision in his right eye. The chemotherapy has shrunk the tumour, but Dylan is being closely monitored to ensure it doesn’t grow any more.
Mum Jane continued: “Andy Murray inspires Dylan to be strong both on and off the court. The wish has been such a positive, uplifting experience; words can’t describe how great it was for Dylan to meet his idol. ”
There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting a life-threatening condition. This year Make-A-Wish®, hope to grant 900 wishes and need to raise £7 million to continue granting wishes in the future. Make-A-Wish® receives no government funding – so every donation really does count.
To make a donation to Make-A-Wish please visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk or telephone 01276 40 50 60.