Mich. State player inspires local couple to join child’s cancer fight

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A couple wants to help a little girl in Michigan who has a rare cancer. Her story has been brought to the light thanks to her relationship with Michigan State basketball standout Adreian Payne.

Payne met Lacey Holsworth, 8, of St. Johns, Mich., two years ago while MSU basketball players visited Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. They’ve been by each other’s side ever since. Lacey has attended many of Payne’s game and he’s taken her under his wing. Their story has gained national attention, inspiring a local couple to help.

“That’s how I got hooked on the story of the little girl who has neuroblastoma and her special relationship with Adreian Payne,” said Suraya LaPan.

LaPan said she doesn’t watch sports, but she saw their story on the Big Ten Network. Her husband, Chris, is a Michigan State alum. He believes this proves that people are more than fans.

“The vehicle of sports to help raise money for things like this that are non-sports related, I think could be a vehicle for tons of kids like Lacey,” he said.

They’re looking to raise $1,000 to help with expenses Lacey’s family may have during her battle with cancer.

They’re raising funds through a website called Tee Spring. The website helps sell shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and more with a heart in the center of the shirt saying, “I have a history of victory”. It’s followed with a Twitter handle of @adorablelacey.

If you wish to help with fundraising efforts, click here.

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