Chris Bombardier is on a mission to become the first person with severe hemophilia to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each continent. He’s completed five of the climbs already, but he next faces the big one: Everest. Having trained with his mentor “Crazy Uncle Dave,” under the supervision of his expert doctors, and with the support of adoring wife, Chris is prepared for the mountain. What he’s not as prepared for are the Nepalese children with destroyed joints and the stricken mothers who no longer have their sons, due to lack of medicine. The Seven Summits climbs will present Chris with an incredible challenge, but not the only one.
Bombardier Blood documents the life of Chris Bombardier, an everyday kid diagnosed with hemophilia, a blood disorder that prevents blood-clotting proteins from functioning. When he was young, baseball was the only thing that gave him a sense of purpose, despite his limitations, but after college baseball was over, he found himself in a deep bout of depression.
Thanks to the encouragement from his wife, therapist, and doctors, Chris took up his uncle’s hobbies and began hiking, ice climbing and rock climbing—but that wasn’t enough. He wanted to be the first hemophiliac to scale all seven world summits.
Chris decided not only to climb these summits for himself, but for Save One Life, a global non-profit that works to provide medical care for blood-disorder patients around the world. Save One Life allowed Chris to meet other hemophiliacs, even those who’d never had the medical attention and care that he was provided in the U.S., and with this new inspiration, he geared up to summit the world’s tallest peak: Mount Everest.
Bombardier Blood showcases the power of sharing your story and chasing dreams with a bigger picture in mind. However, some medical scenes and language rate this film Dove-Approved for Ages 12+.
The Dove Take:
Chris Bombardier comes to grips with his hemophilia diagnosis, but that doesn’t stop him from climbing the seven tallest summits in the world.