Family Movie: Bombardier Blood
Join us for a screening of Bombardier Blood as well as a live Q&A, at which both Chris Bombardier and Believe Limited’s Patrick James Lynch will be available to answer questions and talk about their experiences. Chris Bombardier has never let severe hemophilia stop him from climbing some of the world’s tallest mountains. In 2017, Chris partnered with hemophiliac filmmaker Patrick James Lynch and his award-winning production team at Believe Limited to film his journey through Nepal to summit the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest. In his home state of Colorado, filming captured Chris’s training, interviews with Chris, his wife and family, and his hemophilia clinicians. In Nepal, production followed Chris to meetings with Nepalese hemophilia advocates and clinicians as well as to the homes of patients and families affected by the disease, where Chris heard the emotional stories of pain, suffering, and loss related to hemophilia. Production remained with Chris during his two months on Everest, capturing the physical, psychological, and emotional struggle of acclimating to the mountain and preparing for the greatest challenge of his life, all with the eyes of the global hemophilia community watching. Leveraging powerful archival footage, the film also chronicles Chris’s incredible six-year journey of climbing the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each continent, during which he receives his “wake-up call” about hemophilia in developing countries and begins his activist mission. In Nepal, as in nearly all developing nations, there is no routine access to healthcare and lifesaving medicine for people suffering from hemophilia. Bombardier Blood is an inspiring and heart-warming adventure film that cinematically highlights both what is and is not possible when living with this rare disease, depending on a patient’s access to medicine and care.
Chris Bombardier is executive director of Save One Life, an international nonprofit that provides direct financial aid to patients with hemophilia in developing countries. Chris was a board member of Save One Life from 2012 to 2019. During that time, Chris was actively involved on the program and scholarship committees. A mountaineer, Chris became the first person with hemophilia to successfully climb the Seven Summits including Mt. Everest and dedicated his climbs to raising funds for Save One Life. He eventually raised over $250,000 and helped 75 children receive sponsorships. Chris began his career as a professional research assistant with the University of Colorado Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center after graduating from Doane College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He later worked with GutMonkey, an experienced-based education company that works with people with chronic medical conditions. Through his travels around the world for the Seven Summits, and his work with Save One Life, Chris discovered his passion for global health work and returned to school. He recently earned his master’s in global health from Northwestern University in 2020. During Chris’s climb of Mt. Everest a documentary crew followed his journey and created the film, Bombardier Blood. This film has been screened at dozens of bleeding disorder community events, film festivals and is now available to stream on most platforms.
Patrick James Lynch
Patrick James Lynch is a filmmaker, media professional, and globally-recognized health advocate. He’s been awarded the Hemophilia Federation of America’s (HFA) Health & Wellness Award (2013), the National Hemophilia Foundation’s (NHF) Meritorious Service Award (2014), the National Organization of Rare Disorders’s (NORD) Rare Impact Award (2020), and was a featured speaker during World Federation of Hemophilia’s (WFH) World Congress in 2016, 2018, and will be again in 2022. In 2013, Patrick helped launch the non-profit organization Entertainment 2 Affect Change (E2AC), and since 2011 has operated as chief executive officer of Believe Limited. Patrick has severe hemophilia A, a tolerized inhibitor, and dedicates his work in bleeding disorders to the memory of his late brother, Adam.