(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.