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Remembering Lacey Holsworth

LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - People across Michigan and the country are remembering one of Michigan State University's biggest basketball fans. Young Lacey Holsworth died from cancer.

Lacey was an inspiration for many on the MSU basketball team.

Students there spent much of the Wednesday night remembering the 8-year-old girl who touched so many.

Hundreds gathered at the rock on MSU's campus leaving behind their signatures and messages.

Lacey Holsworth died from neurolastoma, a cancer occuring in nerve cells.

She drew national attention and captured the hearts of MSU students after befriended basketball player Adreian Payne. The pair shared a special bond.

Payne was front and center at the vigil Wednesday night, but many of the people there had never met Lacey and still felt compelled to come out and honor her.

"Just seeing the bond between her and Adreian it's really just amazing that they were able to create such a friendship and even though she looks up to him as a sign for strength that someone kind of older than her could look at her, an 8 year old little girl and find courage and hope in what she does in order to play basketball. But I think their friendship was something so much more than just basketball," said MSU student Megan Flynn.

Head basketball coach Tom Izzo was in the middle of the vigil, singing along with students as they honored Lacey.

There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd as Izzo talked about Lacey's legacy and what she meant to the school. "This year we beat a number one team. We beat a number one seeded team. We won a conference tournament. At the end of the year this team will be remembered for our togetherness with Lacey. There aren't many of us that can have an impact on the world. Give back to whoever you're giving back to. I'm telling you it'll be the greatest thing you ever did."

There will be a memorial service, to pay tribute to Lacey next thursday at the Breslin Center on MSU's campus.