Mixed Match: Putting Diversity into the Blood Bank

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Esther Frid holds "El Atardecer de la Vida," a book she wrote about the stories of seven senior Latin American women living in Canada

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I first had the pleasure of interviewing filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns in 2010 when he wrapped his feature film, One Big Hapa Family. It wouldn’t be long before I heard he was working on another Schema-relevant documentary, aptly named Mixed Match.

Stearns’ newest piece explores the difficulties that multi-ethnic patients face in finding donor matches. Due to the complex nature of stem cell and bone marrow matching, people of blended racial backgrounds experience greater difficulty sourcing donors. Each subject in the film is diagnosed with a threatening blood disease, such as leukemia, which raises the stakes of this vital campaign.

The film hopes to encourage people of all backgrounds to join the bone marrow registry to increase the likelihood of finding multi-ethnic marrow matches.

You can donate and find out more at indiegogo.com.

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