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. The loss has been challenging for Payne, which is why he has made a vow to always keep a piece of Lacey with him at all times. The bracelet, which is purple in honor of Lacey’s favorite color, serves as a reminder of a young girl who Payne refers to as “his angel.”
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. [ MORE: Seven Big Ten players selected in 2014 NBA Draft | Poll: Best dressed? ] Payne honored the late Holsworth by embedding her nickname, Adorable Lacey, into the suit coat he wore to Thursday night’s NBA draft. The pink lining had significance, too, as it matched the color of the bracelet Payne wears to remember Holsworth. Pointing to "Adorable
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
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo attended a vigil for the late Lacey Holsworth on the Michigan State campus and signed the rock before speaking to the many students there. Holding back tears at times, he thanked the students and gave them quite the speech. “When you face some tough times, make sure that you just keep fighting through it,” Izzo told the students. Watch the speech in the YouTube clip in this post. It’s a fine piece of teaching from a man who makes a living doing it. Izzo recounts for the students gathered there how Lacey’s father described Lacey’s
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. Lacey, or Princess Lacey as so many knew her as, passed away late Tuesday night. Only 8, and after a battle with a rare form of cancer known as neuroblastoma, Princess Lacey let go of this world and moved on to a higher place. [ MORE: Twitter: Spartans, Big Ten
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. [ MORE: Lacey Holsworth, 8, dies | Twitter: Reaction to Holsworth’s death ] Matt Holsworth texts there will be a memorial for Lacey on April 17 at Breslin. And he adds: "Continue her legacy! Love unconditionally." — Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) April 9, 2014 Tom Izzo: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Holsworth family today. Princess Lacey has taught us all
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. [ MORE: Watch all of BTN’s Lacey Holsworth videos ] It was time for my lil princess to go home & feel no more pain,now she's happy & she's my angel watching over me. pic.twitter.com/bpUPCipcif — Adreian Payne (@Adreian_Payne) April 10,
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.” [ MORE: Watch all of BTN’s Lacey Holsworth videos ] Holsworth, who suffered from neuroblastoma, met Payne two years ago. The two formed a genuine friendship, and Holsworth quickly