Friends rally for Langford tot with cancer

Family friends of a Langford five-year-old diagnosed with leukemia are seeking bottles, cans and cash donations to support the family.

Family friends of a Langford five-year-old diagnosed with leukemia are seeking bottles, cans and cash donations to support the family.

Kenny Smithson started kindergarten at Happy Valley elementary in the fall and was diagnosed with cancer last month.

“He loves playing outside and going to school,” said Jen Clement, a close family friend.

Smithson’s parents have put work on hold to be in Vancouver to support him through the anticipated months of chemotherapy. The Smithson’s have three other children in the care of their aunt in Langford.

“It is a lot of going back and forth for them,” Clement said.  “The money will go towards living expenses and travelling costs to and from Vancouver.”

Clement is one of the people organizing the bottle drive for Saturday, Nov. 5.

Groups of volunteers will be going door-to-door in Langford neighbourhoods collecting bottles and cash donations.

“Kenny is an amazing kid, he has a good personality and a heart of gold,” Clement said.  “It’s just tough to see him sitting there knowing he has to go through that.”

Refundable bottles and cash donations can be dropped of at 3300 Happy Valley Rd. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 5.



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