Lacey Holsworth suffered from fetal nerve cells known as neuroblastoma. She died at home with her parents holding her in their arms.
Lacey used to wear a blond wig because chemotherapy caused her to lose her hair. Back pain while dancing in 2011 led to the discovery of a football-sized tumour that had engulfed her kidney.
After, another tumour wrapped around her spine. She lost feeling below her belly button and couldn’t walk on her own for several months, a long stretch that included the first of many visits from Payne.
Lacey Holsworth was an eight-year-old girl who served as a true inspiration to the Michigan State men’s basketball team. She passed away after a long battle with cancer.
Lacey become part of the Michigan State family two years after she started a friendly relationship with star forward, Adrian Payne.