A few years ago, 17-year-old Sophie was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma and sadly passed away in December 2021 after a long and courageous battle. Every day we’re reminded of the courage of Four Diamonds kids like Sophie. They are the reason we do what we do.Watch Sophie’s story of Courage
To Four Diamonds child Colby, strength means coming up to bat even though you want to quit. We will never give up on our mission to conquer childhood cancer for kids like Colby. He finished treatment in 2016 and continues to thrive!Watch Colby’s story of Strength
In August 2014, nine-year-old Theresa was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her right femur that had spread to her lungs. She had a 30 percent chance of surviving. Thanks to the wisdom of our research team, Four Diamonds helped saved her life.Watch Theresa’s story of Wisdom
Izzy was diagnosed with pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was six years old. Her family is grateful for the honesty of Izzy’s doctors as they navigated her cancer journey together.Watch Izzy’s story of Honesty
Who is Four Diamonds
In 1972, Four Diamonds was founded with the goal of supporting children and their families in the fight against childhood cancer. Today, our organization is a leader in childhood cancer care, treatment and innovative research. We’ve created a diverse program that’s helped more than 4,800 childhood cancer patients and their families over the past 50 years.
We ensure every child treated at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital has access to superior medical care and comprehensive support to conquer cancer. We are also dedicated to funding innovative research to develop improved treatments and cures for every childhood cancer patient at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital and around the world.
The combination of world-class care, lifesaving research and transformative philanthropy is our hope for a cure. At Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, we are dedicated to conducting the full spectrum of cancer research to benefit kids around the world. Every day, we are generating new knowledge to help us better prevent, diagnose, treat and cure childhood cancers, in order to save the lives of children everywhere.
One of the ways we fight for a cure is through the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators’ Consortium (POETIC) and Beat Childhood Cancer. These consortia create a collaborative research model needed to complete intensive Phase I and Phase II clinical trials and develop new therapies for pediatric cancer.
Everything we do at Four Diamonds is For The Kids®. By supporting the world-class treatment and lifesaving research at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, you save lives and bring us closer to a cure for children everywhere.
Ways to Get Involved
Penn State THON™
THON™, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, is led by students at The Pennsylvania State University — Four Diamonds’ largest donor.Get Involved
Mini-THON® empowers K-12 students to get involved in a year-long fundraising effort to conquer childhood cancer while having fun and learning work-ready skills.Get Involved
Team FTK® unites families, community members and corporate partners in the fight to conquer childhood cancer by fundraising and giving hope to children and their families.Get Involved
Play For The Kids™
Play For The Kids™ invites people of all ages to raise awareness and funds by “playing like a kid” throughout the year, with a celebration in September—Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.Get Involved
Who Can Get Involved
Individuals and groups can volunteer at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital or donate online, by phone or by mail. Planned gifts, stocks, bonds and mutual funds or matching gifts are other donation options.
To donate non-monetarily, individuals and groups can choose to donate either goods or services through in-kind donations.Get Involved
Childhood cancer families can create a fundraiser to honor or memorialize their child. Families also have the option of donating in-kind gifts in lieu of money.Get Involved
Whether it’s organizing a dance or a run, schools and universities have endless options for hosting year-long fundraising campaigns or single events to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer.Get Involved
Businesses and organizations can make a difference in the lives of childhood cancer patients and their families by designing workplace giving programs that engage their employees and meets the needs of their customers as well.Get Involved
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