Mixed Match: Jeff Chiba Stearns and Athena Asklipiadis Stresses The Importance of Bone Marrow Donor Registry for Mixed Races

– by Gig Patta

Far too many people have died from cancer.

It’s very important than ever for volunteers to register themselves in the bone marrow donor registry so that there’s a chance to save someone from cancer and other diseases. With a relatively small percentage registering in the United States and the rest of the world, it’s even rarer for people in minority communities and mixed races to be signing up for the registry.

Due to the lack of participants, mixed race heritage are most likely to not receive assistance from the bone marrow donors network.

Director Jeff Chiba Stearns and Mixed Marrow founder Athena Asklipiadis are hoping to change that by making people aware of the bone marrow donor registration in Mixed Match.

The documentary film is an important human story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who are forced to reflect on their multiracial identities and complex genetics as they struggle with an impossible search to find bone marrow donors, all while exploring what role race plays in medicine.

Mixed Match is playing at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on Saturday at 2 p.m. Check the festival’s web site at festival.vconline.org.

For more information on for future screening dates for this documentary or how to join the registry, visit www.mixedmatchproject.com.

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