LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - You’ll usually find sports reporter Holly Rowe reporting on national sporting events for ESPN. That’s what she’s done for more than 20 years.
Tuesday, Rowe was in Lubbock talking to a sold-out crowd at the Lubbock Country Club. Her speech was titled, “Surviving the Sidelines.”
She shared her survival story with the crowd. Rowe has had cancer three times in the last three years and just finished chemotherapy for the third time back in August 2018.
Rowe said, “I wish people would have shared more with me about how to overcome some things and what they went through. So just hope to share that kind of information and some things I’ve learned.”
Rowe said cancer made her a better person. “I think that It forces you to really look at your life and how you’re living and what’s important to you. And how you want to treat people and how you want to experience life. I think that cancer has changed me in this beautiful way,” she said.
Rowe’s positive attitude and outlook on life has inspired others. “You know people reach out to me on social media or Facebook or twitter and they shared their story…. And like this is going to sound so strange, but I have this army of friends that I don’t know, and I’ve never met. And we support each other. You don’t know these people, but you’ve bonded through this common experience.”
Maggie Ryan reached out to Rowe after getting her own cancer diagnosis in the fall of 2017. Ryan read an article Rowe wrote in Guidepost and reached out to Rowe for advice. “I reached out to her on Facebook not thinking a celebrity of any type would write back. and she wrote back within 24 hours with some uplifting words.”
The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center was looking for a guest speaker when Ryan suggested Rowe. Rowe was going to be in Lubbock, working as sideline reporter during the Men’s Texas Tech basketball games. They asked Rowe to speak and she accepted.
“If we get one person today through this if she’s talking about preventative measures and if we have one person that actually goes to a doctor and identifies an issue that’s maybe in its early stages, I would think that it’s a huge success” said Ryan.