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Holly Rowe should be basking in the glow of the recent multiyear contract extension she’s received from ESPN. Instead, she shared some distressing health news with the Associated Press:

Rowe said the melanoma doctors discovered two years ago has returned and spread, and she’ll begin treatment next week.

“I don’t think about having cancer when I’m out here,” Rowe said prior to the  tipoff of a WNBA game between Minnesota and New York. “Monday, I have a CT scan and have treatment. I’ll be a cancer patient on Monday. I’m not thinking about it today.”

She also wrote, on ESPN:

I am still working on getting rid of this pesky cancer. My treatments continue, but I am living a beautiful and blessed existence. I am so touched by the coaches, players, fans and viewers who have reached out with love, support, and prayers.

Rowe will undergo treatment every 21 days and she says and it won’t keep her away from work.

Rowe joined ESPN 1998 and is mainly a sideline reporter for college football and basketball games. By all accounts, she’s widely respected by her peers and the basketball community.

Richard Deitsch, a writer for Sports Illustrated, had this to say:

Rowe has also received the Pat Summit courage award.

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