Research & Impact

The Sunshine Project

Sunshine Project is an innovative collaboration with one goal: to bring together the nation’s top doctors and researchers to fast-track less toxic, more targeted treatments and increase the survival rate for children battling cancer.


In 2005, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation decided to aggressively pursue measurable change in the way pediatric cancer research was approached and funded by forming the Sunshine Project.

Through the establishment of the Sunshine Project, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation has developed a business model unlike any other in the field of pediatric cancer research. Capitalizing on the strengths of researchers from a variety of scientific fields, we have streamlined the process of protocol development in the hopes of delivering more personalized medicine to children with cancer.

Through the Sunshine Project, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation has launched five Phase 1 clinical trials in just eight years. This is an incredibly short time in the medical world. New combinations have been, and continue to be, tested in these trials. These new combinations hold great promise for children who have not experienced positive results under the standard protocol treatment.