After losing their biggest fan, the Spartan nation paid their respects to Lacey Holsworth with a campus tradition: painting the rock.
Lacey, or "Princess Lacey", lost her battle with brain cancer Tuesday. The eight-year old developed an unlikely friendship wth MSU forward Adreian Payne after the team visited her in the hospital two years ago. With her fighting spirit and bright smile, Lacey made a lasting impression on the Michigan State community, That legacy is what inspired MSU Junior and Traverse City native Danielle Bott to organize a rock painting and vigil in her honor. Bott and three friends painted the rock Wednesday night and invited friends to come sign it via social media. She never expected hundreds to show up. "It was special and it definitely reminded me how blessed I am to be a part of this family," Bott said. "I did not expect the turnout to be that incredibly overwhelming but it was". Within hours, there were hundreds of signatures on the rock. Students sang the University's Alma Mater, Shadows. MSU head basketball coach Tom Izzo and several players, including Payne, came out to the vigil. "Thank you for your smile and for making me a better coach and father," Izzo wrote on the rock. When people walk by the rock on campus, or see the picture on social media, Bott hopes they will be inspired by Lacey's strength.
"We can put our lives into perspective when this little girl was battling something so tough, but she was so strong throughout the entire experience," Bott said. "We can really look at that and apply it to our lives".