Eight-Year-Old Lacey Holsworth Leaves Behind An Amazing Legacy That Will Inspire You

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Eight-year-old Lacey Holsworth has died and her short life is already inspiring an amazing legacy. The young girl became known for her courageous battle with cancer and her friendship with Michigan State forward Adreian Payne.

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There has been a huge social media outpouring of support for her family. MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo said, “I’m supposed to be a guy who leads men, and now an 8-year-old has impacted my life like this. … the impact on all of us will be lasting, and that’s especially true for Adreian.” ESPN analyst Dick Vitale called Lacey’s father to tell him he’s donating $250,000 in her name, with fundraising starting now at

From USA Today:

Lacey, of St. Johns, became especially close with MSU senior forward Payne, starting more than two years ago when the team visited her at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital. A tumor had wrapped around her spine at the time, limiting her ability to walk. Treatments eventually removed the cancer from her body, but it returned in the fall and her condition worsened in recent weeks.

In that time, she accompanied Payne on his senior night at Breslin Center, helped cut down the nets after MSU won the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis, and made appearances on “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America.” She was with Payne last week in Texas, cheering him on in a slam dunk contest.

Lacey faced life with a fearlessness that surpassed her years. She touched everyone she met. Her short life reminds us how important it is to treasure our health, our loved ones and the time that we have with them. It’s heartbreaking to watch a young girl battle cancer – and ultimately succumb. But in her short life she touched and inspired so many.

Lacey’s family posted the following message with this photo on Instagram around 3 a.m.:

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“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 #LoveLikeLacey”