John Isner Launches Fundraiser For Hospital That Treated His Mother’s Cancer
The American has already raised over $200,000 for the specalist facility
Miami Open champion John Isner is taking part in a fundraising campaign for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Centre in North Carolina.
The 32-year-old has recently opened up about his connection to the hospital after his mother underwent treatment for stage 4 colon cancer there. During an article for the ATP website, the American recounts the moment he found out about his mother’s diagnosis 14 years ago. She was given the all clear until it returned three years later. It was at that time where she underwent intensive treatment at UNC Lineberger.
“During my 12-year ATP World Tour career, I’ve been lucky enough to play a lot of intense matches. But I’ve never experienced anything like the pain my mom had to endure.” Said Isner.
“What I felt when it was 68-68 against Nicolas Mahut at 2010 Wimbledon? Doesn’t compare. The exhaustion I had during the first set of the Miami Open final against Alexander Zverev, before I won my first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title? Not even close.”
Isner has expressed his gratitude over recent years by rising in excess of $200,000 for the centre by participating in a series of charity events. The latest campaign he is conducting is auctioning off a pair of tickets to this year’s Wimbledon Championships through the website Give2Gain. As well as the main prize, where the winner will also meet Isner, there is also a series of items from the American player ups for grabs. For instance, a $100 donation will get a signed picture by Isner as well as 1000 entries into the draw for the Wimbledon tickets.
“When I think about whining about the heat or about what time I’m scheduled to play, one thought about the courage Mom has shown over the years places everything in perspective.” The world No.9 explained.
“I’m one of the lucky ones. I play a game for a living, and, whether she’s at home or in the stands, I have the support of my mom.”
You can donate to Isner’s campaign by visiting https://www.give2gain.com/sweepstakes/isner