Award-winning Japanese Canadian filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns’ new documentary explores the crisis in identifying bone marrow and cord blood donors for patients of mixed ethnicity suffering from life-threatening blood diseases such as leukemia. Annually, 30,000 North Americans 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 discover their identities through their deadly illnesses and learn how their multiethnic backgrounds threaten their chances of survival. With help from US organization Mixed Marrow and first-hand stories from patients and their supporters, this powerful film raises critical awareness about the need for multiethnic donors worldwide.