A BRAVE Kinross-shire teenager, who drew up a ‘to do list’ after being told she had an inoperable brain tumour, took centre stage on the Centre Court this week when she met sporting hero Andy Murray.
Esme MacIntyre (18) was seen by millions on TV sitting courtside as Murray cruised through his first round at Wimbledon against Benjamin Becker.
After the match, she and her family met Andy and his mum Judy – an experience she described as ‘amazing’.
“On the court Andy comes across as quite severe, but off it he’s really chatty and light-hearted,” said Esme’s dad Dave Morris.
“We spent a couple of hours in the players’ area and he and Judy were extremely pleasant. Esme and her brother Calum were seated directly under the scoreboard during the match so they had an incredible view. It was a fantastic day.”
Andy Murray is the second world-famous sportsman Esme has met in the space of a matter of months. In May, she had a visit from Britain’s most successful-ever Olympian Sir Chris Hoy and his wife Sarra, who spent several hours with her at her home in Kinnesswood.
Esme set up her ‘wish-list’ on her Facebook page in April following her devastating diagnosis and so far has ticked off some impressive achievements, including meeting singer Emilé Sande and taking a trip in a hot air balloon.
This weekend, she’s due to go sailing with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and plans to attend the opening of a new unit at the Western General Infirmary in Edinburgh set up by the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity for which she’s raised thousands.
The Facebook page, ‘Esme’s adventure’, includes a searingly honest account of Esme’s experiences since first being told she had a brain tumour when she was just 11.
Exactly a year later, tragedy struck the family again when Dave himself was diagnosed with throat cancer and had his voice box removed.
Five years later, Esme’s tumour returned with a vengeance and she underwent surgery last November before taking part in a three-month clinical trial in the hope that a pioneering new treatment would work. However it was not successful and sadly the future looks bleak.
“Esme was exhausted after her visit to Wimbledon and her condition is deteriorating all the time,” Dave told the Fife Herald.
“She can’t walk at all now but her spirits are still high and we’re so proud of her. She even did the Race for Life on Sunday with the help of her friend Eilidh Gibson, who pushed her in a wheelchair, and she took part in a fashion show as part of the Portmoak Festival in aid of charity.
Esme’s brother Calum also hit the headlines in 2009 when, aged 16, he became the youngest-ever person outside America to conquer Ama Dablam in the Himalayas, which is five times higher than Ben Nevis, and the mountain the legendary Sir Edmund Hillary once described as ‘unclimbable’. In the process, he raised over £6000.