Growing up in the shadows of bullies who taunted her throughout her early school years, Traciana encouraged herself by studying the lives of heroes who used their voices to take a stand and empower others, including Dr. King, Gandhi and Anne Frank, to name a few. These leaders inspired Traciana to persevere even through the most terrible incidents of taunting and teasing. However, her charismatic stepbrother, Joel Harris, was not as fortunate. During a hazing incident at his college, Joel was brutally killed. Hundreds of bystanders witnessed the violence without stepping in or speaking up.