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Benefit Concert Held for 14-Year-Old Nelson County Girl Fighting Cancer

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) -

Hundreds of people in the central Virginia area attended an event called “Zobot Dance Party Benefit Concert and Fundraiser” at Basic City Beer Co. on Sunday. The concert raised money for Zoe Smith, a 14-year-old from Nelson County battling an aggressive form of cancer. 

Just a few months ago, Zoe was diagnosed with rhabdoid sarcoma, which is a very rare form of pediatric cancer.

Karin Taylor, who organized the event, said she did it “all to raise money and raise awareness about Zoe and the particular kind of cancer she has.” 

Musical groups called The Findells and Sun-Dried Opossum performed. 

The event included a silent auction and raffle to raise funds for her medical treatment and related expenses. 

“When they got this diagnosis the question is how can we help? What can we do to help the family?” said Taylor. 

Some of her family members were able to attend the fundraiser. They said the community's support has brightened their spirits 

“I was really worried about her when it all started, but now that everybody's thinking of her and praying for her, I'm feeling a little bit better about it,” said Lily Bedotto.

Unfortunately, Zoe and her parents were not able to attend the fundraiser because Zoe is still being treated in North Carolina. 

As Zoe continues to undergo treatment, her friends, family and supporters send their love and support.

If you would like to donate to the cause, visit https://www.gofundme.com/smithearhart-medical-fund