It was a case that captured national attention. For eight days in May of last year, thousands of people took to the streets in search of missing University of Cincinnati student, 21-year-old Brogan Dulle.
Dulle disappeared after a night out with friends. On May 26, Dulle's body was found in the basement of a home just steps away from his apartment. The coroner ruled his death a suicide.
Despite the tragic ending, Dulle's family said they were overwhelmed by the love and support of their community during the search. Now, one year later his family wants that spirit of community to return.
"We were a little out of commission afterwards so we couldn't, we didn't feel like we had done a good job of thanking everyone,” said Beth Dulle, Brogan's mother.
It has been a tough year but for those eight days, Beth says greatness was everywhere.
"All sadness aside, a lot of good came out of that,” said Beth. “We came up with the idea of 8 days of greatness just to sort of celebrate those eight days where the community came together and we experienced so much love from everybody and then it just sort of grew from there."
So far, 43 states and four countries have joined the social media campaign set for May 18-25, the anniversary of the search for Brogan. The campaign is not a fundraiser but simply encourages everyone to practice eight traits of greatness including celebration, generosity, gratitude, love, passion, selflessness, kindness and remembrance.
Dulle said the term “greatness” came from a saying Brogan used as a swimmer and coach. Right before a race, Dulle said Brogan would tell his team “this could be your last chance at greatness.” She hopes through these eight days, greatness will be shown in every community.
"We miss Brogan tremendously obviously. Good days, bad days but this is good. This is all good,” said Dulle.
To join the campaign, visit http://www.8daysofgreatness.org/