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Southridge H.S. Supports Volleyball Coach Battling Cancer

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KENNEWICK, WA-- Southridge High School students, parents and faculty are coming together to support a volleyball coach battling cancer.

They've raised more than $3,000 for coach Sal Dumo who is fighting stage four lung cancer.

Students and faculty say he's a part of the Southridge High School family and they'll do whatever they can to help their beloved coach.

Sal Dumo is more than a volleyball coach to the Southridge High School community. They call him family.

The sophomore volleyball coach found out three weeks ago that he has stage four lung cancer.

"He's always there and he's always supported us. When he's done with his game he comes and sits on our bench and he helps us out. And he'll help us out in practice when he can. He's just been a big part in our travels through volleyball," said Kimberly Brinkworth, Southridge High School varsity volleyball player.

Brinkworth organized a "miracle minute" fundraiser at a football game and in just sixty seconds raised $2,500.

Brinkworth's recently lost a family member to lung cancer and she wants to help Dumo.

"I want to do as much as I can to help him because I couldn't for my family. It was kind of sad. So knowing that I could put together something and I could help his family out and just make a small difference is just a great feeling," Brinkworth said.

At Southridge home volleyball games parents are collecting donations.

The head coach pledged to shave his head when they reach one thousand dollars and they're close to their goal.

"We're just like a big family. I think that's not so much about we care about each other on the court, that's my philosophy as a head coach, we care beyond the volleyball court," said John Lengphounprasent, varsity volleyball coach.

Students and faculty say they'll do whatever they can to help their coach.

"We know anything can help and we just want to make him know that he's loved and he's a part of our family," Brinkworth said.

If you'd like to donate, the teams will collect money at their next home game in the Southridge High School gym on Thursday at 7pm.

And following the game you can catch the varsity coach shaving his head to show his support.

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