8-year-old Lacey Holsworth, who became a beloved figure at Michigan State University, sadly passed away this morning after a long battle with nerve cancer.
The little angel was known as Princess Lacey to her closest friends, particularly MSU basketball player Adreian Payne who struck up an unlikely bond with her during a team visit to a local hospital two years ago.
The big man immediately took her under his wing and the two kept in touch through text messages, Twitter, Instagram, and of course, regular personal visits.
Adreian even brought Lacey along for his final home game of the regular season on senior night and rallied the school to help raise over $85,000 to help fund her medical expenses.
The MSU basketballer posted a picture of the little princess in her honor on his Instagram account and wrote:
"My Lil princess Lacey👸 is an angel👼 from god that will now watch over me. For ever and ever.#RIPLACEY"
It's unbelievably sad to hear of Lacey's passing, but it's also beautiful to see how Adreian made sure to make her last couple of years happy ones, and it's clear the two had a very strong bond.
Our hearts go out to her family and loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.
[Image via Instagram.]
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