Lacey's memory runs on via racehorse thanks to young girls touched by her story
MAY 24, 2014 10:55p ET
The story of Lacey Holsworth touched many a sports fan earlier this year. The 8-year-old girl from Michigan, a big basketball fan stricken with terminal cancer, forged a tight friendship with Michigan State center Adreian Payne, creating indelible images such as the one above.
The story now has another chapter, as told by Adam Himmelsbach of the Louisville Courier-Journal.
After Lacey died in April, one of those families touched by her story, the Jameses of the Louisville, Kentucky, area, had the chance to help keep her memory alive.
The James family owns racehorses and had a filly about to start racing. The three sisters in the family -- Ericka, 12; Alexa, 9; and Jenna, 7 -- told their father, Greg, that they wanted to make sure people remembered Lacey. Ericka came up with the idea of naming the filly Lacey the Spartan.
"I just felt so bad for her family," Ericka told the Courier-Journal. "I wanted to name our horse in her honor."
On Friday, Lacey the Spartan ran her first race, at Churchill Downs, with the James sisters in attendance. This isn't a Hollywood script, so Lacey the Spartan didn't win; she finished fourth.
But Lacey's memory was a winner, and that was all Ericka, Alexa and Jenna ever wanted.