The new hit film “My Sister’s Keeper” is pushing the envelope on serious issues. CGG favorite Cameron Diaz plays Sara—a mother who discovers that her two year old daughter Kate (played by Sofia Vassilieva) has leukemia. The film raises serious questions about health, research, and human rights…but we’re warning you—it’s a serious tear jerker!
“Little Miss Sunshine” sweetheart Abigail Breslin plays Anna—the daughter that Sara and her husband Brian (played by Jason Patric) create in order to give Kate a bone marrow donor. They use a controversial medical procedure called "Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis," or PGD. PGD is the process of producing another child in a test-tube that would be a perfect match as a donor for someone—in this case for Kate.
Leukemia, Kate’s disease, is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow and it kills more children in the US than any other disease. Over the years, Anna is forced to give Kate blood, bone marrow, and then a kidney. No one thought little, 11 year-old Anna would say “no.” She ends up seeking medical emancipation and initiates a court case to win the right to decide how her body will be used.
The film brings up really important issues like the stem cell research debate. It’s important to get the word out because cancer causes more deaths every year than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Want to help? You can by becoming a bone marrow donor and donating blood. Don’t forget to check out the trailer below and tell us what you think about Cameron’s latest flick. Does the film raise good questions? What do you think about the stem cell debate? Comment below!