EAST LANSING (AP) – Michigan State University students plan again to pay tribute to an 8-year-old girl who died after a battle with cancer by painting a rock that serves as a campus message board.

Connor Sexton of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Philanthropy Team says students are expected to paint The Rock on Tuesday evening and invite everyone to come and sign it throughout the day Wednesday.

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Lacey Holsworth, whose battle with nerve-cell cancer inspired the Michigan State basketball program and strangers who followed her story, died last April 8 at her home in nearby St. Johns. Former Spartans star Adreian Payne befriended her during one of her hospital stays.

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She was affectionately known as “Princess Lacey.” During a vigil the night after she died, some painted The Rock and others wrote messages.

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