Dover Area High School students will hold a Grady-A-Thon from 1-10 p.m. Saturday to honor the late Barbara Grady and to raise money in her name.

The event will take place in the high school gymnasium, a place that was familiar to Grady, who served as a gym teacher and volleyball coach at Dover for 32 years.

This summer, Grady lost a hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer, leaving many in the Dover community, such as students Devan Barker and Josh McMahon, feeling the need to give back.

As seniors, Barker and McMahon need to complete a special project before graduation. The pair decided they would honor Grady and raise money to help find a cure for ovarian cancer.

Barker and McMahon planned the Grady-A-Thon, modeled after Penn State's Dance-A-Thon, where students will dance and have fun while raising money. There will music, food, and, of course, a volleyball tournament.

"I had Grady as a freshman for gym class. I was supposed to have her again last year, but wasn't able to because of her cancer," Barker said. "She was such a nice person and so caring. It's nice to remind people what she stood for."

Grady's popularity reached far past the students she saw in her classes to other students in the school, McMahon said.

"I never had her as a teacher, just interactions with her. She was a great person. When she was fighting her cancer, she brought the community together. It showed everyone how much this community could do together," McMahon said.

It was memories of Grady like these that fueled students at the high school to sign up to attend and to donate money to the event. All of the proceeds generated from the Grady-A-Thon will benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

To donate

To donate money to the Grady-A-Thon, you can send and make checks payable to Dover Area High School, 46 W. Canal St., and write "Grady-A-Thon" on the memo line.

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