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EPICC Team: Empowering Pediatric Immunotherapies for Childhood Cancer

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To pave the way for faster cures, the EPICC Team brought the separate fields of genomics and immunotherapy together for the first time in a big way. Since 2013, this team of researchers at ten institutions across North America has become a discovery engine that’s creating new immunotherapy treatments for hard-to-treat pediatric cancers. Because of this work, children are alive today who had no other hope, and gifts to this fund will support more of this life-saving research.
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The groundbreaking work of the St. Baldrick's EPICC Team began in 2013 with a $14.5 million grant co-funded with Stand Up to Cancer for what was then called the Pediatric Cancer Dream Team. This group of researchers has already made great progress, bringing together 2 separate scientific fields - genomics and immunotherapy to find cures for many of the most hard-to-treat childhood cancers. 

Due to the extraordinary success of the team, when the Stand Up to Cancer funding expired, the St. Baldrick's Foundation opted to keep the work going with the new name from 2022 forward to fit the team's performance to date - EPICC: Empowering Pediatric Immunotherapies for Childhood Cancer.

EPICC Team's work has been described by experts as “lightning in a bottle.” Here are just a few of their accomplishments:

  • Pushed the first gene therapies over the finish line for FDA approval.
  • Treated more than 1,265 children through 45 early-phase clinical trials.
  • Discovered new immunotherapy targets for future clinical trials. 
  • Published 420 peer-reviewed manuscripts.
  • Leveraged the infrastructure to receive $167 million in new funding.

To date, the team has achieved tremendous progress in some blood cancers. As the EPICC Team's work moves forward it is tackling the even bigger challenge of creating immunotherapies for solid tumors in children - especially brain tumors. 

EPICC Team is revolutionizing childhood cancer treatments. We invite you to donate to continue this life-saving research. 

Please donate now and help conquer childhood cancers. 

Our thanks to those who have given prior to 2023 including:

  • Linda Alvarez
  • Arden Quinn Bucher Memorial Fund 
  • Marcia Elkin-Luther
  • Gillian Grant
  • Hye-Jin & Ara Gregorian
  • Hope4ATRT
  • Jack's Pack- We Still Have His Back
  • Marlee's Smile
  • McKenna Claire Foundation
  • Melanie Frost Moll
  • Kristina, Carlos, Fiona, and Phineas Sandi
  • Bjorn and Barbara Stalesen
  • Team Campbell
  • TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation
  • Team Warrior Jack
  • Ty Louis Campbell Foundation

See 2023 donors below.

EPICC Team: Empowering Pediatric Immunotherapies for Childhood Cancer Highlights & Happenings

EPICC Team Web Page

To learn more about the member institutions, researchers, advocates, and open clinical trials, visit www.pcdteam.org

2021 AACR Team Science Award 

The team won the prestigious America Association for Cancer Research Team Science Award! 
Learn more here

Patient Advocates

Patient advocates play a vital role in the team. To learn more about the advocates, their children, and how they support the EPICC Team, watch this video

Where does the money go?

Donations given through this page go directly to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund the EPICC Team. The Foundation is guided by a Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of leading experts in the childhood cancer community, to ensure that every dollar makes the greatest impact for kids with cancer.


Who’s involved

These people make us smile - they’re the doers and money-raisers on behalf of the Dream Team. They’re shaving their heads, hosting events, starting fundraisers, and more to make childhood cancer research possible.

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Get involved your own way:

Start your own St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event to raise money on behalf of our Hero Fund! You’ll be paired with a staff member who will walk you through every step of the process, and you’ll have fun knowing you’re doing a great thing for kids with cancer.

Register to shave your head and raise money for our Hero Fund at any St. Baldrick’s event happening around the world! Not finding an event near you? Register as a virtual shavee and shave your head anytime, anywhere.

Head-shaving not your thing? You can start a fundraiser to raise money for our Hero Fund with St. Baldrick’s in a way that interests you! Like biking? Bike a marathon. Like baking? Start a cookie baking fundraiser… You get the picture.

Need help? Email us at Funds@StBaldricks.org

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