MSU Basketball Star Makes Lifelong Impact

The heartening friendship between MSU basketball player Adreian Payne and 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth made a huge impact on their community this basketball season. Their friendship began 2 years ago, when Payne was volunteering with his teammates at the hospital Lacey was receiving treatment at. Lacey was fighting an aggressive cancer of the nerve tissue and Payne played a huge role in bringing her joy during her long term fight against the disease. Payne explains how he has had the opportunity to learn a lot from Lacey saying, “She [Lacey] has taught me to fight through everything.” The constant inspiration from Lacey has also taught him to always keep a smile on his face, even when everything seems to be going wrong.

Their friendship inspired many in the Michigan State University community to volunteer and to raise money for cancer patients in need.

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