Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of Lacey Holsworth’s death, and the Michigan State community is remembering the 8-year-old who died of neuroblastoma.
There is a rubber bracelet that rests on Adreian Payne’s wrist, small in size, but monumental in importance. The words “Love Like Lacey” printed across the front of the band, in honor of the late Lacey Holsworth, who lost her battle with cancer just three months ago.
Former Michigan State standout Adreian Payne is now a member of the Atlanta Hawks. But, as Payne makes the transition from college to the NBA, there is one memory he vowed to hold on to during this process: Lacey Holsworth.
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.
They say that it doesn’t matter what someone is born, but, instead, what they grow to be. In eight short years of life, Lacey Holsworth, whose battle with cancer and relationship with Michigan State’s basketball program became known nationwide, grew to be an inspiration to anyone who knew her story.
Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo and athletics director Mark Hollis released a joint statement on the passing of Lacey Holsworth, the eight-year-old Adreian Payne fan who died late Tuesday night. Read both statements in this post.
The Michigan State softball team honored Lacey Holsworth during its game Wednesday afternoon vs. Indiana. Holsworth, the 8-year-old with neuroblastoma who befriended Michigan State star basketball player Adreian Payne, died from cancer late Tuesday night. Watch the softball team’s tribute in this post.
The Michigan State family and the Big Ten basketball community are mourning the loss of Adreian Payne superfan Lacey Holsworth. Holsworth, the adorable 8-year-old who suffered from neuroblastoma, died late Tuesday night. Read more here. The news hit the basketball world hard, and many people went to social media to offer their condolences. See the messages in this post.
Lacey Holsworth, the 8-year-old who befriended Michigan State superstar Adreian Payne, died late Tuesday night. Her parents confirmed the news Wednesday morning with a photo posted to Instagram that read: “Princess Lacey has achieved the ultimate victory. She now dances among angels…. The world is a better place because you were in it. Our hearts are broken. We love you Doll. Dance all night… Mommy and Daddy, Will, Mitchell, and Luke.”
Eight-year-old Michigan State super fan Lacey Holsworth — featured on “The Journey” several times — has become an inspiration throughout the college basketball world, and beyond. That became more than evident today as Holsworth, who is battling an aggressive form of cancer known as neuroblastoma, found out she has a new follower on Twitter: ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas.
It’s a story that can make just about anyone tear up. Several years ago, there were worries about whether 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth would ever walk again. Tonight, she did just that, with her hero, Adreian Payne, right by her side.