Two weeks ago, Maddy Grayless got a nosebleed that wouldn’t stop. When her parents rushed her to the emergency room, tests found that the 8-year-old had Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, Fox Denver reports.
The Longmont, Colorado, girl was given just two months to live. Upon receiving the diagnosis, “she was so sad,” her mother, Jessica Grayless told the news station.
“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.’ ”
Upon hearing this, a family friend created the Facebook group Maddy’s Mighty Minions calling upon strangers to perform random acts of kindness in her honor. As of Friday, the group had more than 5,000 members posting good deeds from around the world.
Random acts of kindness in Maddy’s honor have ranged from volunteering with sick kids to providing breakfast for veterans.
“In 14 short days, you have managed to change the lives of thousands of people,” one post, addressed to Maddy, read. “What an honor it was to have met you and see the miracles you created.”
Maddy died Tuesday morning surrounded by her family. “She kept trying to talk to us, although we couldn’t understand her,” her parents wrote on Facebook. “A few minutes before she passed, she pulled out her oxygen, letting us know she knew it was time to go.”
Her parents say that knowing their daughter’s legacy lives on has been a source of comfort.
“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,” she told Fox Denver.