Naziere “Naz” Evans has been in and out of the hospital more times than he can remember. Each time he was admitted, it was for the same thing – severe pain and anemia requiring transfusion caused by sickle cell disease; a condition that 20-year-old Naz was born with. But he's not letting the disease stop him from pursuing his goals in life.
It’s understandable why many African Americans don’t donate blood. At one point in our history, we were turned away. But this Juneteenth, I urge you to take equity action that could save the lives of people fighting sickle cell disease. People like 15-year-old Mikayla Sarai.
My daughter has sickle cell disease. This is how she has changed my life.
Children’s Minnesota is pleased to announce that Dr. Stephanie Fritch Lilla has accepted the role of medical director of the sickle cell program.
Caring for kids is about more than treating their illness or condition—it’s about also caring for the whole family. That’s why family support services for children and families coping with sickle cell disease are a fundamental component of the Hemoglobinopathy and Sickle Cell Program at Children’s Minnesota.
Children’s Minnesota is partnering with more than 30 local businesses during September for the Shine Bright for Cancer Kids campaign, the health care system’s annual fundraiser for its cancer and blood disorders program.
Mikayla has been in the hospital more than 100 times. And she’s only 13. Born with sickle cell disease, a disease that primarily affects people of African descent, Mikayla endures severe pain, infections and even strokes.
Children’s Minnesota is thrilled to announce that Derrick L. Goubeaux, DO, will step into the role of Sickle Cell Program Medical Director, following Dr. Stephen Nelson, who retired in early 2021.
It’s difficult enough learning about one medical diagnosis for a child, but for the Hardy family, their youngest two daughters were diagnosed with two different illnesses within the same month. Read about their resilience on their journey with sickle cell disease and leukemia.
September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Did you know? Children’s Minnesota Hemoglobinopathy and Sickle Cell Program is a nationally recognized program. We’re sharing more about sickle cell disease to help shine a light on this disease.