Join The Whole U and expert panelists in exploring the role race plays in medicine and the essential need for multiethnic donors and donors of color worldwide at a free screening of Mixed Match on November 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the HUB South Ballroom.
People of color and those with mixed racial ancestry who are blood cancer patients face a unique challenge as they struggle to find marrow donors who are compatible with their complex, multiracial genetics. The film explores the need to find mixed ancestry marrow and cord blood donors for stem cell transplants to help these patients fight their illness.
This issue hits home for the Sociology Department – our own Professor Alexes Harris was diagnosed with myleodysplastic syndrome in 2016 and was unable to find a donor compatible with her multi-racial and ethnic background (African American, Filipino and White). While she received a stem cell transplant using umbilical cord blood and is currently cancer-free, the experience inspired her to raise awareness and help expand blood marrow registry to improve the chances for people of color who are cancer patients to find their match.
After the screening, Professor Harris, filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns, and others will engage in a panel discussion to examine how race and ancestry impacts access to effective treatment and how expanding the bone marrow donor registry is the first step in helping to save the lives of patients of color suffering from life threatening blood diseases.