Assigned Reading: The Holsworth family discusses life since the passing of ‘Princess Lacey’


One of the stories that grabbed the attention of college basketball fans last season was that of 8-year old Lacey Holsworth, whose fight against cancer inspired many as did her relationship with then-Michigan State forward Adreian Payne. Sadly Holsworth lost her battle against the disease, passing away in in early April.

Life for the rest of her family, parents Heather and Matt and brothers William, Mitchell and Luke has been difficult in the six months that have passed. In a story written by David Harns of the Lansing State Journal, the Holsworths discussed what life has been like for them in the aftermath of Lacey’s passing. Not only are the difficult days discussed, but also the amount of support they’ve received from a number of people including those within the Michigan State community.

Although Payne is getting settled in Atlanta – where he will start his NBA career – he still finds time to text and video chat with the Holsworths. Other Spartans have stayed in contact, including Matt Costello, who attended a recent golf outing in Lacey’s honor.

The entire Trice family is “amazing,” according to Heather, and Travis – a senior who read scripture passages during Lacey’s Life Celebration – is a “sweetheart” who often sends the family encouraging texts and messages.

Heather said she sees “Lacey’s heart” when she and Matt look at the MSU players.

“The Spartan family is so unique,” Heather said. “They just picked us right up and made us part of the family.”

The full story can be read here.