COCKEYSVILLE, Md. - Words can hurt, and they can heal. The hurting caused Grace McComas to take her own life; the healing is allowing her young cousins to move forward.
"When Grace first passed away, we were looking at cyberspace and how much of a tool it was in teenagers' lives especially, and we thought it was almost abusing the internet to bring down somebody else," said Michaela McComas, Grace's cousin.
Haley, Michaela, Ellie, Caroline, and Katie are the cousins of Grace McComas who will celebrate her 16th birthday on Tuesday at the keyboard, challenging themselves to say kind words through Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail.
They believe kindness would have kept Grace alive.
"It definitely helps with people's self-esteem because I think that tends to be a problem nowadays too. A lot of kids have really low self-esteem. I guess they don't think they're good enough for other people or they don't think they're good enough in general," said Haley McComas.
Grace's family says she was bullied online for about a year. The Glenelg student took her own life on Easter Sunday.
Since then, Ravens Running Back Ray Rice has sponsored anti-bullying events to support the family.
"Just hearing kind words from your friends or even from people you aren't friends with, that can like make your day," said Haley McComas.
The McComas cousins say we should step outside of our comfort zone and send a message to someone who is shy or quiet. The goal is to reach the bullies, and to have them delete the words that kill.
"Maybe they'll rethink their actions and decide that being nice to people can actually change someone," said Haley McComas.
The cousins hoped to get 1,000 people to join their event on Tuesday. But over 4,000 are catching on, many from across the country.
If you want to accept the invitation to "Kindness for Grace," click here .