Proceeds from a dance Saturday night will help a Hays family pay expenses related to their daughter’s treatment for a rare form of cancer.

Sophia Linenberger, 15, was diagnosed in January with Ewing sarcoma, a cancer that grows in the bones or soft tissue surrounding the bone. She is a freshman at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School.

Only about 200 children and young adults are diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma a year, according to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Sophia had surgery in January at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to remove a tumor from her spine, and recently had another surgery to remove more of the cancer, said her mother, Jenny Linenberger.

She is now undergoing chemotherapy in Kansas City that consists of three-week cycles over 8½ months. On the first week, she receives chemo for two days. The second week is five days of chemo, and the third week is one day of chemo.

She also undergoes physical therapy while at Children’s Mercy and at home to strengthen her legs.

Sophia will soon start radiation treatments in Kansas City five days a week for five or six weeks, her mother said.

The Sophia Strong benefit dance with the Tim Anthony Band and opening act Tom and Friends will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars post, 2106 Vine. Admission is by freewill donation.

Donations can also be made at