There was nothing Dick Vitale could do to console the parents of Lacey Holsworth, the little girl whose relationship with Michigan State's Adreian Payne became a story that touched the country. So he decided to help others by making a promise to Heather and Matt Holsworth.
"I cried like a baby when I heard she passed," Vitale said Monday, his voice cracking as he talked about "Princess Lacey," who died April 8 at age 11 after a three-year fight with cancer. "I called her dad and we were both crying like babies. And then I made the promise."
Vitale told Matt Holsworth that he would raise $250,000 in Lacey's name that would be for a pediatric cancer research grant through The V Foundation for Cancer Research. He would do it by the night of his fundraising gala this Friday in Sarasota, Florida. Vitale said Monday he's close to his goal.