Michigan State’s Adreian Payne’s biggest fan may very well be Lacey Holsworth. When Payne and the Michigan State basketball team were visiting a hospital where Lacey was being treated for neuroblastoma (the most common cancer in childhood), the start of a special friendship began. Lacey selected Adreian to work out with at the hospital, and they’ve been part of a mutual support team since, drawing inspiration from each other.
They exchange texts and Lacey had the opportunity to watch Adreian play at the Big Ten tournament. In the CBS video below shown before an NCAA tournament game today, Lacey shows her “wall of Payne” tribute to Adreian featuring photos and posters of the 6’10”, 240 pound star player. In the inspirational video, Lacey says, ““My favorite thing that Adreian’s ever given me is a hug.”
With a line like that, you can see why that is this is a sports feel good story.
Adreian Payne and Lacey Holsworth