ESPN reporter Holly Rowe is facing some health concerns. Rowe announced in a statement Tuesday that she’s undergoing surgery to have a tumor removed:
“I wanted to share some personal news as I face a new challenge ahead. In May, I had a tumor in my chest removed and I have recently learned that there is a new tumor, which needs to be removed via surgery today. In the coming days, I will know more about what potential additional steps I may take to address this situation.
“I am very grateful for the support of my bosses at ESPN, who are fully behind me as I take the time to beat this, as well as the incredible connections to The V Foundation. I also sincerely appreciate the guidance of colleague Shelley Smith, who battled cancer so courageously last year.
“I once ran a marathon and as I was struggling to finish, I said to the strangers on the side of the road, who were there to cheer for others, ‘my name is Holly, can you cheer for me too?’ I know I can conquer anything with prayer, love, positive energy and the support of good people behind me, and I am thankful for my son and amazing family.
“I hope to be back at work soon doing what gives me so much joy in life.”
Rowe has been with ESPN on a regular basis since 1998, and has covered everything from college football to men’s and women’s college basketball to college baseball and softball to the NBA and and WNBA, doing a great job of grabbing interviews under tough conditions. She has also done the “Front Rowe” video feature series for ESPNw, and won praise last year for the impact of her feature on Clemson football managers David Saville and Brad Hammond (who both have Down Syndrome). She’s been working plenty of big events lately, too, including the Orange Bowl, Saturday’s Oklahoma-LSU basketball broadcast and Monday’s Texas-Baylor basketball broadcast. We wish her the best in her recovery.