ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe has been fighting a tough battle with cancer. In May, she announced her cancer had returned and spread after going into remission earlier in the year. The unfortunate news meant more trips to get treatment. In a recent interview with The Players’ Tribune, Rowe revealed the surprising thing that helped her get through this tricky time: Chance the Rapper.
“If I ever meet [Chance the Rapper], I’m gonna just say, ‘Thank you for getting me through chemo,’” Rowe said. She explained that her son, who was helped her through the entire process of chemotherapy this time around, would create personalized playlists during their drives to get treatment. But the most prominent feature on those playlists would be Chance.
“Every day we’d go to chemo—and it’s about a 20 minute drive, and I had to go every day for 30 days—we’d listen to Chance the Rapper,” Rowe said. “Everyday [my son] would be like, ‘all right, what song do you want?’ I’m like, ‘I want “Blessings.”’ I want “Sunday Candy.” We know that whole album.”
Chance, who is known for his charitable acts and insistence on giving back, especially to his hometown of Chicago, has not yet spoken out about Rowe, but we wouldn't be surprised if that happens soon (or has already happened).
Rowe has worked at ESPN as a sideline reporter and play-by-play announcer for nearly 20 years. Just before she announced that her cancer had returned, she received a contract extension that will see her continue to cover college football, basketball, volleyball, softball and WNBA for more years to come.
Another thing that has helped Rowe through her cancer diagnosis has been continuing to work.
"I recently had five days in a row off," Rowe told the AP in May. "That's a long stretch. I was a mess, I was sitting around thinking about having cancer. It's ridiculous. I've got to stay busy or I'll go crazy. This is the world's best therapy. Every single day I'm working, I'm absorbed in other people. Somebody wins. I need to see people winning and fighting through adversity. That helps me so much."