What is World Sickle Cell Day?

On December 22, 2008, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognized sickle cell disease as a public health problem. The UN designated June 19 of every year as World Sickle Cell Awareness Day in order to raise awareness about the disorder on the national and international level.


Why is World Sickle Cell Day Held?


Since 2008, the day has been marked annually to help increase public knowledge and raise awareness about the disease and the struggles that patients and their families go through around the world. The day also highlights the treatments, whether therapeutic or curative, that is available for individuals suffering from sickle cell disease.

June 19th was officially designated as World Sickle Cell Awareness Day. The international awareness day is observed annually with the goal to increase public knowledge and an understanding of sickle cell disease, and the challenges experienced by patients and their families and caregivers.


Activities and Links...

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Join our 2021 World Sickle Cell Day Selfie Challenge and help us #ShineTheLightOnSickleCell!

Every entry will be entered into a drawing for 1 of 4 Amazon gift cards!

How to participate:

  • Put on something 'red' (optional)

  • Pick a hashtag:
    * #ShineTheLightOnSickleCell
    * #SickleCellMatters
    * #SickleCellIsGlobal
    * #SickleCellMN

  • Take a selfie and upload pic to: www.tinyurl.com/SCselfie

We will create a collage and post it alongside sickle cell facts throughout the summer.

2021 Slow Roll for Sickle Cell

Join Sickle Cell Foundation of MN, SlowRoll Mpls, The Cultural Wellness Center, & Melanin in Motion for a celebration of freedom in motion on a conversationally paced Slow Roll bike ride through North Minneapolis' most beautiful green spaces.

The goal of this event is to increase awareness about sickle cell disease and to  learn how the community can support patients through advocacy, education, blood donation, bone marrow registration, and financial gifts while celebrating Black bodies in motion on this World Sickle Cell Day & Juneteenth.

*Average biking speed is 8 mph. If you need a bike, please text "bike please" to 612.875.7803.

More information on Slow Roll MPLS at www.facebook.com/SlowRollTC/.