The Aplastic Anemia & Myelodysplasia Association of Canada and the JCCC present a fundraising screening of award-winning Japanese Canadian filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns’ documentary. His film explores the crisis in identifying bone marrow and cord blood donors to donate to patients of mixed ethnicity suffering from life threatening blood diseases such as leukemia. 30,000 North Americans annually are diagnosed with life threatening blood diseases and for many, a bone marrow transplant is the only chance at survival. Of the seven million registered bone marrow donors in the US, less than 3% are multiethnic. Finding a multiethnic marrow match in the public registry is akin to finding a needle in a haystack.
Mixed Match tells an important human story from the perspective of youth who are discovering their identities through their deadly illnesses and how their multiethnic backgrounds threaten their chances at survival.
This powerful film raises critical awareness about the need for multiethnic donors worldwide.