It appears as though a recent bone marrow donor drive is one for the record books.
One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Network have confirmed over three thousand people attended a bone marrow drive at the Cooperators Centre, which was held in hopes of finding a match for eight year-old Vonn Chorneyko.
Territory Manager Robyn Henwood says other people will be able to benefit from this drive.
“For Vonn, hopefully we find a match for him, but the nice thing about Vonn is he knows this is for so many more people than just him,” Henwood says. “I think if we find matches for anybody, it’s really a testament to his legacy and what he’s done by sharing his story.”
Henwood says this is a great accomplishment for the city of Regina.
“It’s amazing for a smaller community to bring in these types of numbers,” Henwood says. “The world record is held by a a city in Germany, and so to beat out a place with a population so much larger is just phenomenal, especially when that’s not what we were trying to do.”
Chorneyko is in need of a perfect bone marrow match for a transplant within six months because he suffers from Fanconi Anemia, an extremely rare disease which decreases the production of all types of blood cells.