size 5 ugg boots Adreian Payne’s friendship with Lacey Holsworth fighting cancer
Michigan State star Adreian Payne has struck up an incredible friendship with an eight year old cancer sufferer after meeting her in hospital.
The basketball player, 23, has become an ardent cheerleader for Lacey Holsworth, from St Johns, Michigan after they met two years ago and now he texts her every day.
Bond: Adreian Payne of the Michigan State Spartans appears on court with Lacey Holsworth, an 8 year old from St. Johns Michigan who is battling cancer, after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes last month
‘Lacey is my special friend and she’s a good sister to me,’ he told BTN. ‘She has taught me to fight through everything, to always have a smile on my face even when things are wrong.’
He calls her Princess Lacey.
‘Adreian’s my brother,’ she added. ‘I just think of him and I smile.’
The duo met in Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital at the start of 2012, a month after Lacey was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer that originates in the nerves.
Michigan State Basketball team visited the hospital and met Lacey, and
Adreian stayed behind to talk with Lacey more.
They struck up a friendship, enjoy drawing together and text every day, according to reports. He also joined her family at a fundraiser for Lacey last month.
‘There’s days where the smiles don’t come
as easily,’ her mother Heather said. ‘When he can walk in the room and you see her just light up like
that, it means everything.’
Payne is not unaccustomed to struggle;
his mother passed away in his arms when he was 13 after a sever
asthmatic attack as he desperately searched for her inhaler, the Detroit Free Press reported.
After her death, his grandmother became his legal guardian but she passed away two years ago from respiratory failure due to asthmaHe has also battled breathing issues due to small lungs, but he has learned to take smaller breaths.
‘It can’t be all about you,’ Payne said. ‘Thats true with your teammates. What can you do to help make them better? And its true with others you meet.