Mar 16, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans center Adreian Payne (5) hold up the net with 8 year old cancer patient Lacey Hollsworth after defeating the Michigan Wolverines in the championship game for the Big Ten college basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan State defeats Michigan 69-55. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Izzo gave an emotional speech at Lacey's vigil (Video)

The Michigan State Spartans embraced an 8 year old cancer patient named Lacey Holsworth as their friend. She was very much a part of their post season run and passed away shortly after returning home.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Holsworth family today,” head coach Tom Izzo said Wednesday in a statement on behalf of the entire program, via ESPN. “Princess Lacey has taught us all an incredible lesson about love, strength and toughness. We can all learn from her on how to handle adversity with class and dignity.

“She has become an inspiration to our team, our families, our university, and most recently our entire nation. At just eight years old, she has given us all a lifetime of memories. We are all saddened today, but we are all better people for having known Lacey. Her smile and passion for life will live in the hearts of everyone she has touched across our country.”

Last night a vigil for Lacey was held on the Michigan State campus and Izzo gave a speech that will bring you to tears.

“When Lacey went down to Dallas it was her last weekend. Her dad told me when she came back she said ‘dad I’m tired, it’s time go home.’ I think that’s home,” Izzo says as holding back tears and pointing to the sky.

[h/t] WZZM, via Guyism

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