The following statements are from ESPN reporter Holly Rowe and ESPN President John Skipper. Rowe, who joined ESPN on a regular basis in 1998, primarily covers college football, men’s and women’s’ college basketball and softball as a reporter, as well as the NBA and WNBA. She is renowned in the industry for her strong work commitment and thoughtful reporting.
FROM HOLLY ROWE:
“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.”
FROM JOHN SKIPPER:
“Every time I run into Holly Rowe at a game, it is a delight. It is also a display of professionalism, teamwork and work ethic. She is admired and respected by her colleagues at ESPN and her peers throughout the industry. We all wish Holly and her loved ones well in this effort. We know how strong she is, we are with her and we look forward to her return.”