Dick Vitale raises $250K in honor of Princess Lacey

(WXYZ) - Lacey Holsworth did not stop smiling until cancer took her life.

The 8-year-old girl, whose battle with nerve-cell cancer inspired the Spartans' basketball program and strangers who followed her story, died April 8 in the arms of her mother and father at their home in nearby St. Johns.

After her death, sportscaster Dick Vitale was hoping to raise $250,000 for pediatric cancer in her honor before his annual gala. 

Vitale successfully raised the money. 

Vitale tweeted: "I am jumping with JOY / THANK YOU THANK YOU. - We have the 250 K for @AdorableLacey AWESOME BABY"

The 2014 Dick Vitale Gala is expected to raise more than $2 million for pediatric cancer research.

“I am in awe of the response we are receiving about our desire to help kids battling cancer.  Jimmy V would be so proud,” said Dick Vitale, ESPN Hall of Fame Sportscaster in a press release.  “We raised a record $2 million this year, surpassing our previous record of raising $1.7 million in 2012.”

To donate to the Lacey Holsworth Memorial, please visit www.jimmyv.org/lacey.

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