Today is transplant day for our dear friend, Krissy Kobata. As many of you know, Krissy was Mixed Marrow’s first searching patient. About 10 years ago Krissy was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and began her search for a perfect marrow match. Thankfully her disease had progressed slow until this year. After considering her brother and father as potential partial/haplo matches, her medical team has chosen a partially matched unrelated donor. Please keep Krissy in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days, weeks, months as she recovers. Her superhero donor is such a blessing. Wherever they are– THANK YOU! We are so excited to know Krissy can start a fresh new life with some healthy stem cells. Praying for a smooth transplant and that those cells take to their new home <3 Love to you Krissy! We are all rooting for you and fighting with you.
This year we have been blessed with some wonderful acknowledgements in respect to our work with documentary Mixed Match. The highest honor this year has to be the 2017 Awareness Award that was given to Mixed Match’s Athena Mari Asklipiadis, founder of Mixed Marrow and Jeff Chiba Stearns, director and producer, from Be The Match at the 2017 National Council Meeting.
To have this film do well in the film community is something special, but to be recognized by peers in the recruitment world at the national level was an extreme honor and very humbling for us. This sort of confirmation allows us to know we are doing the right thing and that our work means something. Thank you Be The Match for this incredible award, we will continue this work and our dedication to diversifying the registry.
To top off an amazing event, focus patient, Imani Cornelius had the opportunity to share her story and actually meet her donor, John for the first time! It was a wonderful experience!
Athena Mari Asklipiadis of Mixed Marrow receives recognition by City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the 2nd Annual Mixed Heritage Day at Dodger Stadium on September 23!
Mixed Marrow will be receiving a Certificate of Recognition by the City of Los Angeles and Mayor Eric Garcetti at Dodger Stadium in celebration of Mixed Heritage Day September 23!
**Make sure to get your tickets here so you can be seated with us! Special appearances from stars of Black-ish and Miss California USA, India Williams!
Join us and Team Krissy this WEDNESDAY, August 23 by posting to your social media!
We are doing a social media blast with Team Krissy to bring awareness to the need for diverse donors! Please share one of the following images and use #teamkrissy and this link for registration: https://join.bethematch.org/teamkrissy
Check us out in the September Issue of O, The Oprah Magazine !
The article highlights the work Mixed Marrow founder and director Athena Mari Asklipiadis has been doing!
We are so grateful that our message of the need for more diverse donors is getting more attention. HUGE thanks to writer Mia Nakaji Monnier for your thoughtful article and for making this whole opportunity possible.
Dallas, Portland, New York and Minneapolis!
Mixed Marrow will be hosting drives in collaboration with various regional Be The Match recruiters in Dallas, TX, Portland, OR, New York, NY and Minneapolis, MN! We hope to see you there!
LAPD Officer’s Search Makes Front Page of Los Angeles Times
“You’re basically looking for a genetic twin,” said Athena Mari Asklipiadis, who runs Mixed Marrow, an L.A.-based organization that is trying to increase diversity in the bone marrow donor registry. “It’s not like we have more of a chance we would get a disease, or that we’re harder to match, it’s just that there’s not representation in the national registry.”
Read the full story here.
Learn more about Matt and his drives here.
Thanks to the media’s commitment and partnership, we can help find matches for patients like Matt. Exposure and awareness are key to finding cures! Thanks for highlighting the need for diversity on the registry, Soumya and LA Times!
2017 Miss California USA, Advocate for Mixed Marrow!
Miss California, India Williams registered as a donor and now is a huge supporter of Mixed Marrow as she helps us encourage new donors!
Check her out on KTLA News!
More Mixed Marrow X Mixed Match Drives Coming Soon!
Mixed Marrow will be hosting drives in collaboration with various regional Be The Match recruiters in Seattle, Los Angeles, Cleveland and San Francisco!
See dates and info HERE
Mixed Marrow on NBC News!
Read the full story HERE
Mixed Marrow’s Athena Mari Asklipiadis has been working with Canadian filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns on this film for over 5 years, capturing patient stories to share with the world.
This project was a vital part of our efforts to create more awareness and save more lives!
Check out the new trailer below! We hope to see you in Vancouver or in a city near you, more dates and locations to be announced!
*Get VIFF tickets here, bone #marrow drive to follow the October 6th screening at International Village 10
For past stories, check our New Archives page.