Everything We Do Is For The Kids®

Four Diamonds’ mission is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research.

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Sophie forever remembered since December 18, 2021, 21Y.O.

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.

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Colby conquering rhabdomyosarcoma, 16Y.O.

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!

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Theresa conquering osteosarcoma, 16Y.O.

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.

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Izzy conquering pre-B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), 12Y.O.

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.

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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. With a focus on care, support and research, we’ve created a diverse program that’s helped over 4,000 childhood cancerpatients and their families over the years. 

We ensure every child 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. 

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Ways to Get Involved

Our organization for childhood cancer is made possible by the generous support of our donors and community. Your donations help support the treatments and medical expenses that are not covered by the patients’ insurance. You’ll be backing over 30 specialty care providers who look after the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of the childhood cancer patients and their families.

We’ve made getting involved and supporting our mission easy — choose to either donate online, by phone or by mail. With options ranging from recurring gifts to bequests and planned gifts, you can choose any method that works best for you.

Our organization for childhood cancer is made possible by the generous support of our donors and community. Your donations help support the treatments and medical expenses that are not covered by the patients’ insurance. You’ll be backing over 30 specialty care providers who look after the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of the childhood cancer patients and their families.

We’ve made getting involved and supporting our mission easy — choose to either donate online, by phone or by mail. With options ranging from recurring gifts to bequests and planned gifts, you can choose any method that works best for you.

Penn State THON: Dance for a Cure

THON™, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, is led by students at The Pennsylvania State University and has named Four Diamonds its sole beneficiary.

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Mini-THON®: K-12 Student Philanthropy

Mini-THON® empowers K-12 students to get involved in a year-long fundraising effort while having fun and learning work-ready skills. 

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Team FTK®: Community & Corporate Partners

Team FTK® unites families, community members and corporate partners involved in fighting childhood cancer by fundraising and giving hope to children and their families. 

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Play For The Kids: Fun for a Cure

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.

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Everyone Can Get Involved

Anyone can get involved with our childhood cancer organization to help patients while they are receiving treatment. Individuals, students, families, community members and corporate partners all have several opportunities to give hope and financially support our mission. 

From sponsoring an event like the Mini-THON® Leadership Summit or creating a Play For The Kids™ team or supporting the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON™), you’ll find we have something for everyone.

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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Businesses and organizations can make a difference in the lives of childhood cancer patients and their families by designing workplace giving programs that engages their employees and meets the needs of their customers as well.

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4,800

Families Served

100%

Patient Bills Covered

90+

Researchers Supported

FIGHTING FOR A CURE FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER

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 the National Experimental Therapeutics (NEXT) Consortium. 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 at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, you save lives and bring us closer to a cure.

What Sets Our Organization for Children’s Cancer Apart

Four Diamonds is committed to covering 100% of our families’ out-of-pocket medical expenses, ensuring all families receive the financial support they need. Our organization for childhood cancer ensures high-quality care, including specialty care providers and lab-based and clinical trials to increase the chances of a cure.

To qualify:

  • The cancer patient and their family must be residents of Pennsylvania.
  • The cancer patient is under the age of 22 years old at the time of their diagnosis.
  • The cancer patient must be receiving their cancer treatment at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

Our childhood cancer charity will also offer some exceptions, such as when one of our patients requires additional care at another hospital.

Your Donations and Support Make a Difference

No matter what you give or how you get involved with Four Diamonds, what you do matters and makes a difference in the lives of thousands of families affected by childhood cancer. If you are interested in donating or participating in one of our cancer fundraising programs, we can help you get started.

Donate online, by phone or by mail and join our quest to conquer childhood cancer.

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