staff, September 29, 2011

Brad Rudner at wrote a feature story on junior Holly Hein, a member of the Michigan women's soccer team who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Hein is having the surgery today at the University of Michigan Hospital just two days before her 20th birthday.

Hein spent most of last year coming back from a knee injury befioe she was diagnosed. Rudner writes that Hein made the decision to limit herself to just six games this season in order to preserve her year of eligibility. Doctors say she can likely resume normal activities in five to seven days, and that's when she'lll go back to class.

Her plan? Sit out the remainder of the season to undergo post-op treatment and will take a redshirt year on the field, then come back as a redshirt junior with two years of athletic eligibility left.

We send our best wishes to Hein and her family, both at home and at Michigan. You can read the entire feature story at and follow Michigan soccer @umichwsoccer.