A Regina boy is looking for a life-saving bone marrow donor and you could be the one.
On Saturday, people between the ages of 17-35 are being asked to go to Sillinger’s Corner in the Co-Operators Centre to get a swab taken to determine if they could be the match Vonn Cherneyko is desperately seeking.
Vonn’s mother Ashley says her son has a very rare disease called Fanconi Anemia. In fact, he is the only person in Saskatchewan to have the rare genetic disease and is one of 30 in Canada suffering from it.
Vonn was diagnosed two years ago with this with the thought being there would be no problem in finding a match, but that has turned out to be a problem as there is no match. While a bone marrow transplant can be performed without a perfect match, there is still a tremendous danger of his body rejecting it meaning he could die.
Vonn’s mother is Ashley Chorneyko. She says even if you aren’t a match for Vonn, you could be someone else around the world so she is asking those that fall in the desired age to take 10-15 minutes, get swabbed and perhaps be a life-saver.
Chorneyko is hoping to get 2000 samples during the Saturday event.
Those who can’t come, but want to help out can go to onematch.ca