Krissy was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) in 2008. MDS is a primary bone marrow condition, where her bone marrow does not produce normal blood cells. The condition is otherwise known as "pre-leukemia". While MDS is typically diagnosed in 60+ year old men, Krissy was diagnosed when she was only 25 years old.
Krissy's family is of mixed heritage - Japanese and Caucasian, which made her search for a donor difficult. Ten years after her initial diagnosis, Krissy received her transplant in December 2017 and continues to do well.
She was featured in "Mixed Match," a documentary about the journey of multiracial patients navigating their search for a lifesaving match. She remains a passionate advocate for patients, especially patients who are multiracial like herself.
Matt is a Los Angeles Police Department officer and has served his community for over 10 years. He is also a loving husband with two daughters.
At the age of 40, Matt was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Aplastic Anemia. He is full Filipino, and needed a matching donor from someone that shares the same ancestry. Doctors tested Matt's sister to see if she might be a match, but she was not - family members only have a 25-30% chance of being a match. Matt then turned to the Be The Match Registry for help. However, out of 19 million people on the US registry, only 0.1% is of Filipino descent. As of September 2018, Matt is currently in remission due to successful treatment and returned to work full-time in January 2019.
Even though Matt did not find a match, eight patients found theirs thanks to his campaign alone. Matt is doing well and continues to advocate for other patients in need.