Even though Mixed Match’s director, Jeff Chiba Stearns (Japanese/European descent), wasn’t in search of a stem cell match, Jason Dehn, the Director of Immunogenetic Operations & Research at Be the Match, volunteered to run Jeff’s HLA through the US and world registries to see if Jeff had any potential matches.
In this clip from the documentary, Mixed Match, Mixed Marrow founder, Athena Asklipiadis, is taken on a tour of the Be the Match Biorepository in New Brighton, Minnesota by Jon Van Hulzen, Supervisor of Repository Services at NMDP / Be The Match. After collecting thousands of buccal swabs at bone marrow drives, Athena was excited to see how they were all processed and stored.
Becky Luk the Collection Supervisor at Canadian Blood Services walks us through the Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank process of collecting umbilical cord blood from donated units. It’s a model of the actual collection station with a fabric placenta and umbilical cord blood…so don’t worry if you’re squeamish to blood, there’s no actually blood being collected in this video!
Dr. Heidi Elmoazzen, Director of the National Public Cord Blood Bank at Canadian Blood Services and OneMatch, announces the partnership with BC Women’s Hospital as a collection hospital for donated umbilical cord blood units and the importance of cord blood being used to treat many blood cancers and diseases. New mother, Cara Siu, also speaks about how she learned about the ability to donate cord blood from seeing the Mixed Match fundraising trailer and donated her hapa baby’s cord blood to the cord blood bank.
The original crowdsource fundraising trailer made in 2012 for the feature documentary, Mixed Match. The film is now complete and even though the footage and come of the characters have changed the message remains the same. To learn how to help and learn more, please visit: mixedmatchproject.com