Henry Down and his dad Jo share a laugh during the Peninsula News Review’s Hot Dogs for Henry fundraising barbecue. The family came from Vancouver for the day to visit with relatives and enjoy lunch.

Henry Down and his dad Jo share a laugh during the Peninsula News Review’s Hot Dogs for Henry fundraising barbecue. The family came from Vancouver for the day to visit with relatives and enjoy lunch.

Lunchtime fundraiser serves up smiles

On Sept. 29, the Peninsula News Review, with the support of Peninsula Co-op, hosted Hot Dogs for Henry, a fundraiser for the Down family and Black Press Tour de Rock rider Chris Bush.

  • Oct. 5, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The sun may have been shining brightly, but Henry Down’s little smile lit up the day.

On Sept. 29, the Peninsula News Review, with the support of Peninsula Co-op, hosted Hot Dogs for Henry, a fundraiser for the Down family and Black Press Tour de Rock rider Chris Bush.

Henry, who is just a few months shy of his second birthday, was diagnosed with germ cell cancer in August. His parents, Alix and Jo Down, who both grew up in Sidney and now live on Pender Island, have been travelling from Pender to Vancouver supporting their son through chemotherapy.

“Hot dogs for Henry again touched the core of our hearts,” said Jo. “So many familiar faces, family and Facebook friends popped by … it was humbling.”

The generosity of the community was in full force as more than $2,300 was raised for the two causes.