Spartans gather to celebrate Princess Lacey

At an emotional celebration of Lacey Holsworth’s life, about 2,500 people saw a great grin pushing up Lacey’s cute cheeks countless times during a moving video that ended the memorial ceremony for her at Michigan State on Thursday night.

The 8-year-old girl, whose battle with nerve-cell cancer inspired the Spartans’ basketball program and strangers who followed her story, died April 8 in the arms of her mother and father at their home in nearby St. Johns. Read more here from the Associated Press. At one moving point of the memorial, Adreian Payne made a silent dunk in remembrance of his little friend.

This Instagram user captured a short video of the dunk.

Look back on Holsworth’s legacy with the Spartans with our previous stories and videos. Here are some of the many tweets from last night on Twitter:

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Joyce E. Harris on 4/18/2014 @ 11:11pm EST Said:

A beautiful story; a beautiful little girl and a beautiful team.

Jennifer on 4/19/2014 @ 12:21am EST Said:

Be comforted by knowing what an amazing impact this little girl made on sooooo many lives… I am so sorry for the families loss.

Pat Evans on 4/19/2014 @ 9:39am EST Said:

R.I.P. Lacy. What a legacy you left.