Youngster with leukemia tosses coin for Wimbledon match
An 11-year-old boy battling cancer stepped into the limelight on Sunday when he tossed the coin at the start of Andy Murray's historic tennis match.
Elijah Oritz-Herrera, of Clapham, tossed the coin to decide who served first and Roger Federer won that and, eventually, the match.
Elijah was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in February 2010, and has to have a blood test every Monday.
He undergoes chemotherapy once a month and lumbar punctures every three months.
The youngster represents charity Make-A-Wish Foundation, who grant children fighting life-threatening conditions magical wishes.
It was the first time he has been to Wimbledon and enjoyed watching the match with his family.
Elijah was assisted by championships' referee Andrew Jarrett and after the formalities enjoyed lunch in the Competitors' Restaurant.
The youngster first started watching tennis four years ago and loves playing, but his physical stamina has reduced since he began treatment.
Before the match mum Catherine Oritz-Herrera said: "Elijah was very excited, happy and overwhelmed.
"Rafa Nadal is Elijah’s favourite tennis player but as he has been knocked out, he would now like to see Andy Murray in the final."
Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children aged 13-17, and accepts referrals from parents, guardians, medical professionals or children themselves.