Little girl with cancer inspires random acts of kindness all over the world
LONGMONT, Colo. – A little girl from Longmont is inspiring random acts of kindness all over the world.
Maddy Grayless was a spunky curious 8-year-old. She played soccer and had dreams of becoming a paleontologist, cupcake baker and a singer.
Two weeks ago she got a nosebleed that would not stop. Her parents brought her to the emergency room. After a night of testing, Maddy was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a deadly form of bone cancer. Doctors gave her two months to live.
"She was so sad," her mother, Jessica Grayless explained. "She talked a lot about the things she was going to miss. And she said to me at one point, 'Mom, I just wanted to be able to make a difference.'"
Thanks to a group of strangers on Facebook, Maddy is making a big difference. Someone started a page called "Maddy's Mighty Minions." It is a "pay it forward" campaign designed to inspire people to brighten someone's day.
Maddy did not live to see the good that she has inspired. She died at home Tuesday morning, exactly two weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.
Her parents say although they are heartbroken without her, they find comfort in the fact that Maddy's legacy will live on.
"It's been helpful and very comforting to us that what made her special, everyone else is taking up the gauntlet for her and spreading the same kind of kindness that she would have had she been able to live longer," explains her mother.