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Adorable Lacey Holsworth Dies At Eight-Years Old

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An eight-year-old whose story has touched millions while fighting  for her life has died.

Lacey Holsworth battled  neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer for two years.

In December 2011, Holsworth was temporarily paralyzed by a tumor wrapped around her spine. Her parents were told she probably had two weeks to live without treatments.

Holsworth's story has touched many members of the Michigan State University Athletic community. The MSU Spartans met the beautiful young cancer patient when the team made a community-service hospital visit.

Holsworth accompanied Forward Adreian Payne during a Senior Night ceremony for the Spartans' final home game of the season, against Iowa.

Payne, projected as a first-round pick in this summer's NBA Draft, calls her "Lil' Sis." She calls him her "Superman".

They've both faced their share of adversity, but perhaps the biggest thing they have in common is that they always put a smile on the other's face.

Payne watched his mother die in his arms after an asthma attack when he was 13 years old. A couple years ago, his grandmother, who had become his guardian, also died from asthma. When Payne was a kid, his father spent time in prison on drug charges.

When Holsworth was undergoing more treatments because her cancer had returned, Payne tweeted to her, "I love you @adorablelacey wish I could be there. So fight this chemo and be strong."

Her response: "I love you too Superman. I will do my best. I wish you could be here, too."

She's had to grow up quickly. So did Payne.

This intriguing friendship with Payne gives her hope and happiness in tough times, and it constantly inspires him. He has called her "a blessing" on many occasions.

Coach Tom Izzo says that Payne "lights up" when Lacey came around for a visit.

The other Michigan State players, including Gary Harris and Denzel Valentine, also have become her good friends. During a recent game, they wore bracelets on their ankles with the motto: "#prayforLacey.

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