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Help us celebrate Dr. Steve Nelson's Retirement!

Since joining Children’s Minnesota in 1993 Dr. Nelson dedicated his entire medical career to not only understanding and treating sickle cell disease, but also the challenges faced by the many families that are disproportionately impacted by the disease.

On January 8, 2021 Dr. Nelson hung up his bow tie and retired from the Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic at Children's Minnesota, where he had spent 25+ years passionately caring for our sickle cell community.


It is now our turn to honor him! 


How can you honor him?

  • Donate to the Dr. Stephen C. Nelson Endowment Fund as an enduring tribute to his passionate service to our community. The endowment will provide economically challenged high school students living with sickle cell disease with academic scholarships for post-secondary education. 

  • If you were a patient (or caregiver) of Dr. Nelson over the past 25+ years, we invite you to express your appreciation and wish him well by uploading a short video tribute as a way of sharing our community's collective love and appreciation as he begins the next chapter of his life.


* Video/Photo submission deadline is Feb. 28,2021






As a health advocacy organization, we are concerned about COVID-19 infection rates.

As a result, we have cancelled all in-person events until further notice.

Please stay tuned for updates to our virtual events...

About us

Sickle Cell Foundation of Minnesota (SCFMN) was founded in 2015. We are a community-based organization comprised of passionate patients, caregivers, sickle cell trait carriers, healthcare providers, advocates, and other individuals and stakeholders who are concerned with the outcomes of our community. Our commitment to the sickle cell community is deeply rooted in our belief that we are stronger together than as one.

Our MISSION: To improve the quality of life for individuals and communities affected by sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait. Our goal is to provide community programs and resources that meet the needs of individuals and medical providers throughout the sickle cell community.

Our VISION: By connecting individuals and families living with sickle cell to one another, to competent and compassionate medical providers and to services that provide increased access to resources that address barriers to care, we believe we can and will help to improve health outcomes that also improve and enhance quality of life.


Our VALUES reflect our commitment to:

  • Individual and community health

  • Equitable access to competent and compassionate care

  • Community-centered solutions reflecting "Nothing for us, without us"


The foundational pillars of our work create the building blocks necessary to increase health literacy, build support networks, and empower individuals to live life at their full capacity.

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