Teen cancer survivor from Hays wins Chiefs charity cook-off

Kansas City, Mo. (KMBC) — It’s Red Friday for Kansas City ahead of the Chiefs’ first game of the 2021 NFL season. Sophia Linenberger and two other kids from the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City kicked off the week at Arrowhead Stadium.

“It was so much fun making our own creation,” said Linenberger.

Linenberger teamed up with some Chiefs offensive linemen in a competition to see who can cook the best healthy food.

“A lot of healthy stuff, fruit yogurt rice cakes, that sort of thing,” Chiefs guard Andrew Wylie said.

Linenberger just completed her last chemotherapy treatment this week. Her family from Hays, Kansas, currently resides at the Ronald McDonald House.

“They have been kind enough to provide us with a place to stay during this very arduous journey,” Linenberger said.

Former Chiefs quarterback and event emcee, Trent Green, was impressed by the resilience of the kids in attendance.

“To see how strong these kids are, you know they’ve been through a lot and it’s good to let them out of the hospital for a while,” Green said.

Last year, the Red Friday campaign raised more than $1 million for charity. This year Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City CEO Tami Greenberg hopes to match that.

“We provide a family with everything they need so they can focus on their sick child, Red Friday helps us do that,” said Greenberg.

The other children from the Ronald McDonald House present say they had a lot of fun and were excited to make healthy foods that they hadn’t tried before.

Since its inception 29 years ago, the Red Friday event has raised more than $3.3 million for local charities.

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