Michigan State Athletics snapped this photo of Adreian and Lacey at the Big 10 tournament. (B1G TOURNEY CHAMPIONSHIP)
Lacey Holsworth's life was way too short, but she managed to pack a lot of living into her eight years thanks to the love and support of the MSU community. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to her Wednesday night at "The Rock" on the Michigan State campus. MSU basketball player Adreian Payne was one of many who signed the rock with a message to the little girl known as "Princess Lacey". She died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday at home in St. Johns after a long battle with cancer. ESPN announcer Dick Vitale announced he's going to raise $250,000 for the Lacey Holsworth Research Grant through the V Foundation. Vitale, like many others, learned about Lacey's story through her friendship with Payne. Coach Tom Izzo signed the rock and spoke briefly to the crowd. MSU guard Gary Harris and several other teammates joined Izzo and Payne at the ceremony. Nobody wanted to talk to the media during the memorial, instead choosing to make the night all about Lacey. Payne carried Lacey onto the court after playing his final game at the Breslin Center last month. He released a statement tonight calling her his sister and saying she taught him how to fight through everything with a smile on his face and that his princess is now an angel. MSU volleyball coach Cathy George told wilx.com earlier Wednesday, "She brought a smile to everybody's face and it was so awesome to see how the team took her in, how Adreian, how much he loved her and how important that was to her final days and I have such admiration for the basketball team and for Adreian for what they did." Michigan State is looking at plans for a memorial service for Lacey April 17 the Breslin Center. Athletic department spokesman Matt Larson said there's nothing firm yet. Stay with News 10 and wilx.com for full details.