It's already been 10 days since the world, and college basketball, lost the girl from one of the most inspiring stories from the past few months.
Lacey Holsworth's battle with cancer and subsequent genuine friendship with Michigan State senior Adreian Payne became a national story in March. Her bond with the entire team was powerful; she traveled to many a game, including the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.
Holsworth died on April 8, just days after attending Final Four festivities in greater Dallas. She was there to bless/kiss the ball Payne used during the dunk contest. In her final months, her impact and memory became something that truly transcended the sport.
The video above was part of Lacey Holsworth's emotional but also uplifting life celebration ceremony Thursday night at the Breslin Center. The media was on hand to cover the event as well, and the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode passes along the following:
Thursday's event had no known precedent and won't have a duplicate. It was unique, as was the story of Lacey and her courage and relationship with the MSU men's basketball team — a bona fide brother-sister closeness with senior forward Adreian Payne.
The outpouring was intense in the wake of Lacey's death, but Thursday was about celebrating the 8 years she did have. It was about singing and dancing and bright colors and funny stories. At times, it was about as emotional and intimate as a college basketball arena could be.
There was a video of her recital from last spring, a year after she was unable to walk while recovering from a tumor that wrapped around her abdomen. This year, she was going to dance to “I Do Believe in Fairies” from Peter Pan. ... MSU junior guard Travis Trice told the story of the Spartans' loss to North Carolina in December, after which he left a grim locker room to see smiling Lacey — about a month after finding out her cancer had returned. His misery was gone instantly.
Read the entire story. A touching tribute to a little girl who got so big so fast and unfairly had a lifetime taken away from her. Her memory and impact is her gift and legacy. Pretty powerful and poignant, what happened in East Lansing last night.