Sunday media: Holly Rowe, and the WNBA support group for her cancer battle

roweIt started with a freckle on her chest. And under her arm pit.
“I really didn’t know much about melanoma,” Holly Rowe said. “I wish I did. I’m a sun baby and would have covered up more. It doesn’t always start with the exterior.”
The rare desmoplastic melanoma that the 50-year-old ESPN sideline reporter has been having treated at UCLA is something that typically happens to a 65-year-old farmer who spends long hours in the sun.
rowe-holly-660x400“I also lived in Utah my whole life, and it turns out they have the highest cases of melanoma — it has to do with the elevation and difference in the air,” she said.
Rowe’s connection to covering the WNBA has been a huge help in her recovery process, and she also finds herself able to talk to female athletes about the dangers of skin cancer, based on her experiences.
“I’ve been trying to remind young softball girls — no suntan is worth what I’m going through,” she said. “Having a whole new armpit constructed is not fun. If you really want to stay cute, cover up and be healthy.”
We caught up with Rowe before her recent weekend where she covered a Mississippi-Arkansas college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., on a Saturday night and then flew to L.A. for Game 4 of the WNBA Finals at Staples Center. As the Sparks-Lynx series moves to a decisive Game 5 in Minneapolis on Thursday, Rowe will be there as well before heading out to her next college football assignment.
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