Starting point guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, Jrue Holiday, and his wife, formerÂ U.S. soccer star Lauren, are expecting their first child this fall. But what is generally a happy time for aÂ couple has not been an easy one for this pair.
Lauren, who is eight months pregnant, was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year. She is scheduled to undergo surgery after the birth of their daughter (her due date is mid-October). While the Pelicans' open training camp starts this month,Â Holiday has decided to take anÂ indefinite leave to take care of his wife andÂ newborn, who is scheduled to arrive mid-October.
This is the true definition of taking those "in sickness and in health"Â wedding vows seriously.
The couple married in 2013 after meeting years before at UCLA. Lauren recently retired from U.S. soccer after a career that included two Olympic gold medals. She retired from playing her midfieldÂ position on the heelsÂ of the U.S. win overÂ Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015.
A few months later, the couple found out they were expecting their first child, and then, in June, doctors found a benign tumor on the right side of Lauren'sÂ brain.Â Doctors will remove the tumor about six weeks after the baby arrives, and they expect Lauren to make a complete recovery.
While Jrue's absence is no doubt a loss for theÂ New Orleans Pelicans, he toldÂ the New Orleans Times-PicayuneÂ that his wife comes first, "I'm blessed to play this game and in the position I an in, but my wife is the most important thing in the world for me. She comes before anything else."
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has asked for everyone to respect the Holiday's privacy as they not only welcome new life into the world but also face challenging times.
"We are all praying for a healthy delivery of their first child and a successful surgery for Lauren,' Pelicans general manager Dell Demps.