October 4, 2017

By Meaghan Flores

A new documentary film is shedding light on the need for more people of diverse and mixed-race origins to sign up for the bone marrow donor registry.

Jeff Chiba Stearns’ film, Mixed Match, has been shown at multiple film festivals after making its debut at the 35th Vancouver International Film Festival.

Mixed Match follows the stories of five people trying to find life-saving bone marrow donations. Their searches have been unsuccessful because of their ethnically diverse backgrounds.

To have a successful stem cell transplant, the donor and patient must have closely matched HLA (human leukocyte antigen) genetic markers. For some patients with multiple ethnic backgrounds, this can be a one-in-a-million shot.