About Us

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The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. Our focus is to fund research to fast-track less toxic, more targeted treatments by partnering with 24 leading hospitals nationwide.

Did You Know

A majority of cancer research focuses on adult treatments and is done within the walls of individual institutions.

Our Mission

In contrast, The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) collaborates with leading hospitals across the nation to fund clinical trials to find a faster cure for pediatric cancer. Since 1991, the NPCF has been a shining light for children fighting cancer by donating millions of dollars to research. Our clinical trials are yielding amazing discoveries that are saving children’s lives.

OUR HISTORY

In 1991, two mothers faced every parent’s worst nightmare. Their children were diagnosed with cancer.

Melissa Helms and Risa Tramel met at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida while their infant daughters were undergoing cancer treatments. Through research advancements, both of their daughters survived and are now healthy young adults. However, through this experience, Melissa and Risa were inspired to continue fighting pediatric cancer. Together, they founded the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to collaborate with leading hospitals across the nation and funds clinical trials to find a faster cure for pediatric cancer.

For the first 15 years, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation funded seed grants at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, All Children’s Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.

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In 2005, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation formed the Sunshine Project, an innovative collaboration with one goal: to bring together the nation’s top doctors and researchers to find a faster cure for pediatric cancer. Through the establishment of the Sunshine Project, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation has developed a business model that capitalizes on the strengths of researchers from all different fields of science and streamlines the process to accelerate the development of new treatments.

Best of all, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation has proven that this collaborative model works. Since 2005, we have funded four Phase 1 Clinical Trials. New compounds have been, and continue to be, tested and hold great promise for children who have not experienced positive results under the standard treatment protocol.

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OUR IMPACT

Research. It’s what we fund. It’s all we do.

It’s the only way to find a cure.

  • Donated 23 million dollars to the Sunshine Project
  • 87 cents of every dollar spent goes directly to our mission of funding research to find a faster cure
  • The highest ratings a nonprofit can receive:
    • 4-star rated by Charity Navigator with a perfect, 100% score
    • Platinum Level by GuideStar
  • Our Research Project, The Sunshine Project, will focus on Brain Tumors, Ewing Sarcoma, and a drug combined with the promise to treat multiple types of pediatric cancer
  • Clinical Research: Conducting multiple Phase 1 clinical trials at 22 hospitals nationwide
  • Pediatric Total Cancer Care Program: Blood and tissue banking program to further personalize medicine for children
  • Translational Research: NPCF laboratory at Moffitt Cancer Center is rapidly evaluating agents for Phase I trials

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THE NATIONAL PEDIATRIC CANCER FOUNDATION IS

Responsible. Trustworthy. Accountable.

We take your donation seriously. You can feel at ease knowing your dollar is hard at work.

The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation has received a perfect 100% score for financial health and transparency and is the top-rated cancer charity in the United States by Charity Navigator.

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NPCF Information
5550 West Executive Drive
Suite #200
Tampa, FL 33609

813-269-0955

EIN # 59-3097333
CFC # 43259

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