It was a sea of bright colors at the Breslin Center last night at those who knew Lacey Holsworth--and those who only knew of her--came to say goodbye to the young girtl.

A memorial service at the Breslin Center brings out 2,500

Lacey died last week of cancer.  She was just 8 years old.

During her short life, though, she forged a lasting impression on everyone who met her--including members of the Michigan State University Men's Basketball Team.   One of those members, Travis Trice, spoke to the estimated crowd of 2,500, to tell of how Lacey influenced his life and made him put any frustration or failure into perspective.

Lacey had told her family she didn't want a traditional funeral, but rather a gathering of friends to celebrate her life.   She wanted all in attendance to wear bright colors--not the traditional dark clothing of mourning.  Those who came out last night to bid her farewell honored that request.

Lacey's mother also put aside sadness over her loss to look to the future and the hopes that one day the two will be reunited.

The Lansing State Journal is reporting that last night's even also included a videotape that chronicled Lacey's short life and tragic end.  Despite beating cancer once, the young girl had to deal with the issue of her own mortality once again.  She never, though, let others see any disappointment always sporting her million-dollar smile.

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