Former soccer star Lauren Holiday faces brain tumor with her husband’s help

Former U.S. soccer star Lauren Discount Holidays © Holiday has been diagnosed with a brain tumor while pregnant with her first child. Now her husband, New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, is taking indefinite leave from the NBA club to care for his wife, the Pelicans said on Sunday.

‘We are all praying for a healthy delivery of their first child and a successful surgery for Lauren,’ Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said in a prepared statement provided by the club.

‘Furthermore, we ask everyone to respect the Holidays’ privacy at this time.’

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

Former U.S. soccer star Lauren Holiday (pictured with her husband on their wedding day) has been diagnosed with a brain tumor while pregnant with her first child

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

Lauren’s husband, New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (pictured with her) is taking indefinite leave from the NBA club to care for his wife, the Pelicans said on Sunday

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

Lauren Holiday (pictured) was among the world’s most respected players in the women’s game during a career highlighted by Olympic gold medals with the U.S. national team in 2008 and 2012, and FIFA World Cup title in 2015

Lauren Holiday, who retired from soccer last year, was among the world’s most respected players during a career highlighted by Olympic gold medals with the U.S.

national team in 2008 and 2012, and FIFA World Cup title in 2015. The 28-year-old midfielder played in 133 games for the U.S. team, scoring 24 goals. She also played professionally in the NWSL, winning a championship with FC Kansas City in 2015.

Lauren Discount Holidays © Holiday met Jrue at UCLA, where she played soccer and he played basketball. Jrue Holiday, 26, has been with New Orleans the past three seasons, but has spent most of that stint injured. He expects to return this season in full health, and the Pelicans see him as a core player along with All-Star forward Anthony Davis.

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

Jrue and Lauren (pictured on their wedding day) are expecting their first child, due in mid-October. Lauren’s surgery has been scheduled after the birth of the baby

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

In the interest of the health of both mother and baby, Lauren (pictured with Jrue during their wedding) will undergo brain surgery about six weeks after delivery

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

The couple (pictured on their wedding day) are still ‘very excited’ about the birth of their first child, but their focus has shifted to making sure Lauren and the baby remain healthy, Jrue said

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

Jrue (pictured with Lauren in an engagement photo) will be a primary caretaker for both his wife and their daughter after Lauren’s surgery

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

Lauren Holiday, who retired from soccer last year, was among the world’s most respected players

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

Holiday’s career was highlighted by Olympic gold medals with the U.S. national team in 2008 and 2012, and FIFA World Cup title in 2015

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

Lauren and Jrue Discount Holidays © Holiday pictured above. Lauren met Jrue at UCLA, where she played soccer and he played basketball

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

Jrue Holiday, 26, (pictured left and right) has been with New Orleans the past three seasons, but has spent most of that stint injured

‘The most important thing for Jrue to do right now is be with his wife and family,’ Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said in a statement.

‘Every one of our coaches and players understands what Lauren and Jrue are going through, and they know we’re behind them 100 per cent.

‘We’ll continue to do everything we can to support them and help them get through these hard times.’

We encourage Jrue to take as much time as he needs to be with his wife and family before returning to the Pelicans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps

In an interview with the Times-Picayune/NOLA.com1, which first reported Lauren Holiday’s condition and Jrue Holiday’s plan to take leave, Jrue Discount Holidays © Holiday said Lauren was diagnosed with a benign, operable tumor on the right side of her brain. The Pelicans have suggested that Holiday, whose salary is thought to be around $11million a year, will continue to be paid during his absence.

The team is planning to send a trainer to North Carolina to help him maintain his fitness and basketball skills during his absence. Demps added: ‘We encourage Jrue to take as much time as he needs to be with his wife and family before returning to the Pelicans.

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

The couple got married in July 2013. Their baby is due in mid-October, and in the interest of the health of both mother and baby, Lauren’s brain surgery will take place about six weeks after delivery, Jrue Discount Holidays © Holiday said

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

The couple pictured while on a date to the movies. They plan to reside in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, near the Duke University medical specialists who will handle her surgery

‘We understand that Jrue will miss some games, and his teammates are prepared to step up in his absence,’ said Demps, whose own wife, Anita, is a cancer survivor and also has had a benign tumor removed from her brain.

‘We will welcome Jrue back with open arms when he is ready to return to the team.’

Their baby is due in mid-October, and in the interest of the health of both mother and baby, Lauren’s brain surgery will take place about six weeks after delivery, Discount Holidays © Holiday said.

I’m obviously blessed to play this game and be in the position I am in, but my wife is the most important thing in the world to me. She comes before anything else Jrue Holiday

The birth also could be induced early. Jrue Discount Holidays © Holiday told the newspaper that Lauren has numbness on the right side of her face because the tumor is pressing on a nerve.

He said he and Lauren ‘are still very excited about the birth of our first child, but our focus shifted from having this magnificent blessing to making sure everything is going to be OK with Lauren and the child.’

The couple has sought to guard their privacy during this time, and Lauren has yet to speak publicly about her condition. For the time being, the couple plan to reside in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, near the Duke University medical specialists who will handle Lauren Holiday’s surgery. After her operation, Jrue will be a primary caretaker for both his wife and their daughter.

‘My family comes before basketball,’ Jrue told Nola.com.

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

Lauren, midfielder, played in 133 games for the U.S. team, scoring 24 goals. Jrue played in 65 games, averaging 16.8 points, six assists, three rebounds and 1.4 steals in 28.2 minutes per game

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

The couple (pictured) has sought to guard their privacy during this time, and Lauren has yet to speak publicly about her condition

‘I’m obviously blessed to play this game and be in the position I am in, but my wife is the most important thing in the world to me. She comes before anything else.’

Last season, Jrue Discount Holidays © Holiday played in 65 games, averaging 16.8 points, six assists, three rebounds and 1.4 steals in 28.2 minutes per game.

For about the first half of last season, he played under minute restrictions as he came back from a stress fracture in his lower right leg that sidelined him for the better part of the previous two seasons. His replacements to start the upcoming season could include Tim Frazier, who filled at the end of last season after Discount Holidays © Holiday was sidelined by fracture of his orbital eye wall. New Orleans also acquired former New York Knicks point guard Langston Galloway this offseason.

Former Soccer Star Lauren <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Faces Brain Tumor With Her Husband's Help

In the meantime, Jrue Discount Holidays © Holiday said his wife remains strong, adding ‘She’s obviously a fighter, she’s the toughest woman I know’

Pelicans combo guard Tyreke Evans also has played point guard in stints throughout his career, but the timeline on his comeback from knee surgery remains unclear.

In the meantime, Jrue Discount Holidays © Holiday said his wife remains strong.

‘Lauren has her good days and her bad days; some are better than others,’ he told Nola.com.

‘She’s obviously a fighter, the toughest woman I know.

That’s the reason why I married her.’

References

  1. ^ Times-Picayune/NOLA.com (www.nola.com)

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