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Prep football: Bingham rallying around cancer-stricken lineman

Bingham football coach Dave Peck preaches to his players that they are a family. That maxim never has been so true, as the Miners are rallying around one of their own.

Riley Culley, a senior offensive lineman who played a large role in the Miners’ undefeated run to the Class 5A state title, recently found out he has a form of bone cancer and began an aggressive chemotherapy plan.

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And with Culley’s medical bills expected to pile up around $100,000 — even with insurance — the Miners have come up with a way to ease the financial burden on his family. They will hold a charity clothing drive May 10, with all proceeds going to Culley.

Peck said the football team and cheerleaders did a similar drive in the past for a South Jordan father who had cancer and raised more than $5,000. But the Miners are setting their sights higher this time.

"I’d be shocked if we didn’t do 15 to 20 thousand," Peck said. "We’re going to get the whole school and whole community involved."

Peck said cash donations also will be accepted and can be sent to the high school. Those who submit the two largest donations will be given signed footballs from the 2010 football team that finished No. 4 in the country in the USA Today poll. All other donations over $500 will earn a signed football from the 2013 team.

The football team will be canvassing all of South Jordan in the weeks leading up to the drive, offering to pick up clothing donations.

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