It was a great day at the Co-operators Centre.
Thousands of people streamed out to the recreation complex on Saturday to get swabbed to see if they could be a match for eight year old Regina native, Vonn Chorneyko.
Chorneyko, who has Fanconi Anemia, had 2,925 people get tested to see if they could be proper matches for the bone marrow transplant he desperately needs.
His mother Ashley was overwhelmed by the support.
Vonn, this great province of ours has your back.
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“A week ago, I never could have imagined this, ” she said. “I knew they were going to host their biggest One Match drive, our largest One Match drive was 170 and it broke records at the time. And so I knew it was going to be bigger than that one. I never could have imagined people would have responded this well in the community.”
Cherneyko says the thing that surprised her was just how invested the people of Regina are in her son, the cause and helping out.
“It’s so heartwarming, people care!”
“That’s been my experience ever since I started with One Match. They are just so excited! Once they learn and are enlightened about what One Match is, they say to themselves ‘Why did I not know about this before?'”