College Basketball Star Befriends Young Cancer Patient

Lacey Holsworth says Adreian Payne has been her best friend during her fight against the disease.
3:00 | 03/28/14

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A remarkable relationship we want to share with you. A college basketball star and a little girl. He is leading his team into March madness tonight into the sweet 16. She is battling a rare and advanced form of cancer and through it all, they are best friends. ? On the court, he is as talented and as fear a player as any in the March madness, the heart of the Spartans while off the court adreian Payne is almost seven feet of gentle giant. Sprung from a storybook. He's a really nice brother and I like it when he picks me up. It just makes me feel happy and safe. Reporter: 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth has another name for him, though. Superman because he flies high. He Dunks and he busts down the walls and he's my Superman. Reporter: And to Payne she is princess Lacey. I love her and, you know, I wouldn't want anything to happen to her. She's always going to be a part of my life. Reporter: Their unlikely friendship began two years ago when Lacey was diagnosed with Neu neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer that attacks her nervous system. It was the first time she really truly smiled and I think felt joy. Reporter: She is certainly his biggest little fan. She always takes me and wishes me luck and tells me to get some Dunks and shoot three-pointers for her. Reporter: He's become a fixture in the Holsworth home. We play games together and color and stuff. Just her brother. As if he walked into our family that day and stayed. Reporter: Payne's coach Tom Izzo described the bond of player and princess in an interview with "The journey" on the big ten network. This past year she was back in the hospital and I knew he was down about it and things were looking kind of not very good and so I said, hey, I'll go down there with you. And we were on our way down there and he wanted to get her something. He bought her this stuffed animal. When I came in, I was just terrified like, you know, what's going on. As I sat there watched A.P. Sit on the bed with her and the mother kept saying A.P. And she Lacey's family and everybody for, you know, coming out and supporting me, you know and you know just praying for Lacey because she's going through some hard times. Reporter: On March 16th Payne would lead the Spartans to the big ten tournament title and give Lacey the honor of helping to cut down the net. That was fun. You never been that high? I don't think so. I'm going to be sad that he's leaving, proud of him as a player and maybe even prouder of him as a person. Lacey's family has raised more than $30,000 of its $50,000 goal. 71 days to go. If you want to find out more about the effort to help her, go to our website, on Yahoo! As she continues to fight the good fight. Adreian Payne and his Michigan state Spartans will face Virginia tonight in the sweet 16. I mean, you just -- you can't get enough of hearing that there are truly fantastic giving phenomenal people in this world. As wonderful a person as he is a player, I might add. Can I borrow your --

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