Mike Grady said his family just can't believe the outpouring of love and support it has received from the Dover community over the past couple of days.

Grady's sister, beloved former Eagles volleyball coach Barb Grady, is at a Hospice center outside of Philadelphia battling cancer, and a Twitter campaign that trended nationally on Thursday has helped lift her spirits.

Mike has been using his iPhone to help Barb follow the thousands of #prayersforgrady greetings pouring in from the social network.

"We are overwhelmed with gratitude that we can sit next to her and read the tweets and see her light up," Mike Grady said.

"It's been a good thing for us. It's definitely a comfort and a blessing. As much good as she put out into the world, she is getting it back."

Barb Grady retired after the 2011 girls' volleyball season and, according to Mike Grady, developed a reoccurrence of the ovarian cancer that forced her to take a year away from coaching in 2008.

She was inducted into the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010 and served as Eagles head coach, or co-coach for 29 years. She taught at Dover for 34 years.

Cindy Shatsar (@cshatsar) posted this message on Twitter: "Words can't explain how much of an inspiration Grady was to so many of us. Her and her family are in our thoughts and prayers."

"Never heard anyone say a bad thing about her and high school kids bad mouth anyone and everyone. Truly a great teacher," tweeted Jason Delp (@jasondelp).

Megan Blazosky, the only senior on the current Eagles team, said Barb Grady has left an indelible impression on her.

"Coach Grady has been my coach since my seventh grade year and has made a huge impact, not only in volleyball, but in school and as a mentor to everyone," Blazosky said. "I had her for gym class last year and am deeply saddened by what she is going through. She is probably one of the best loved teachers at our school."

Barb Grady was also the topic of discussion away from the Web on Thursday, including at the building shared by KT Pizza and Amy's Custom Cakery and Coffee Shop, which sits across the street from Dover Area High School.

"I didn't get to know her, but heard she was such an inspiration," said Dover senior Ashlyn Oberdorff, who works the counter at KT. "I saw it all over Twitter and retweeted what people had to say about her."

And while many of Barb Grady's former players chimed in, she is known as much more than a great coach.

"She just cared about her players. You always felt like you mattered to her," said Denise (Border) Tuleya, a 1985 Dover grad. "She was one of those teachers that made such an impact on your life. She found something good about everybody. It's sad, it brings a tear to my eye."

Donald Hutchings, a 1978 Dover grad, who still lives there, wasn't surprised at all about the response.

"Dover is a very loving, very caring community. I would say we are a family," he said.

"We not all get along, but Dover knows how to come together when it matters. It has never felt so good to be an Eagle," tweeted Alix Faulkner (@owlyxmarie).

Mike Grady wanted to let people know that his sister's spirits are good.

"Our sense is we have no idea (how long Barb has left). She is surrounded by family and friends," he said.
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