For six years I had been on an incredible journey to climb the Seven Summits. What made these climbs even more special was my partnership with Patrick James Lynch's production company Believe Limited as they captured my Everest climb and journey in Nepal for the purposes of creating Bombardier Blood.
Everest lies within Nepal's borders, but the people with bleeding disorders there are unable to dream about climbing, like me. They lack treatment, most are lucky to live into their twenties, and their lives are full of painful, untreated bleeds and constant challenges. They lack the treatment that would enable them to climb. With Believe Limited, we highlighted the drastic disparity in care between those with hemophilia in developing countries and developed countries like the United States.
Our goal is to bring awareness of hemophilia to the general population and to advocate for continued efforts to lessen the disparity in care faced by those around the world without access to treatment.
I want to give special thanks to Save One Life's founder Laurie Kelley for always believing in my wild Seven Summits dream. Thanks as well to my “Crazy Uncle Dave” for teaching me about mountains and inspiring my climbs. And, thank you to my wife Jessica and my family for always supporting me, even when it wasn't easy.
- Chris Bombardier, Mountaineer
As a filmmaker living with hemophilia, I can't think of a more inspiring project to have worked on than Bombardier Blood. Chris was a dream subject: he's sincere, empathic, and super hard-working. He's also keenly aware that without access to the medicine he takes to treat his hemophilia, not only would climbing Mt. Everest have been completely out of the question, he most likely wouldn't have even lived this long. That's the grim reality for most people with hemophilia worldwide. Chris, as the first person with hemophilia to climb the Seven Summits, used this historic moment to not only profile what is possible while having hemophilia, but he also shined a spotlight on the Nepalese hemophilia community as an example of what life with hemophilia is like for those without access to medicine or care. That makes this project uniquely captivating to me. It's a privilege and an honor for Believe LTD to have worked with Chris on telling this remarkable and complex story.