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Improving the lives of individuals and communities affected by sickle cell disease, sickle cell trait, and other hemoglobinopathies.
SCFMN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community-based organization with the sole aim of advancing care and cure of sickle cell disease through public awareness, provider education and research support.
Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disease of the red blood cells. It is the most common genetic disease in the world, yet it is the least talked about. In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that more than 100,000 people are affected by this disorder. While SCD primarily affects people of African/African-American descent, it also affects other ethic groups, including people from the Middle East, Greece, Italy, Latin America, and India.
SCFMN is the only active community-based organization that exists to create education, awareness, and support for the Minnesota sickle cell community. We are still very small and rely on volunteers and donations to get the job done. We appeal to volunteers and community support (including in-kind donations) from churches, schools, community groups, and individual people with a passion to make a difference in communities of color.