About Us

About Us

Cancer kills more children in the U.S. than any other disease.

Four Diamonds is on a mission to change this reality.

Four Diamonds Child Alana

Who We Are

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

Four Diamonds covers 100 percent of all medical expenses related to cancer care not covered by insurance for eligible Four Diamonds children. Because of the community’s steady and generous support, Four Diamonds has assisted 100 percent of the childhood cancer patients who have been treated at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. 

Since its creation in 1972, Four Diamonds has helped more than 4,000 children and families and supported a diverse platform of childhood cancer research at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, seeking improved treatments and cures to benefit kids around the world.

Penn State Health Children’s Hospital was again recognized as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation for childhood cancer care. The Children’s Hospital was also recognized for four other specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-22 rankings.

Meet our Four Diamonds families and join the fight to conquer childhood cancer.

Our History

1969

Sir Millard

About UsChristopher Millard was 11 years old when he was first diagnosed with cancer. Shortly before he lost his three-year battle with cancer, he wrote a story about a great knight who sought out the four diamonds of courage, wisdom, honesty and strength, in order to be released from the grips of an evil sorceress. These diamonds symbolized the attributes that Christopher’s family believed were necessary to overcome cancer. Read Christopher’s Story.  

1972

Four Diamonds is Founded

About UsIn honor of their son, Christopher’s parents, Charles and Irma Millard, founded Four Diamonds to assist children and their families in the fight against childhood cancer. Through Four Diamonds, Chris Millard and his legendary story live on and serve as an inspiration for children and their families fighting cancer.

1977

We Become Partners in the Fight

About UsFour Diamonds and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center entered into a charter with the mission of conquering childhood cancer by assisting children and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research.

 

 

About UsFour Diamonds and the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THONTM) united For The Kids® when THON named Four Diamonds the sole beneficiary of all fundraising activities.

To date, THON has raised more than $190 million in the fight to conquer childhood cancer. In 2017, THON and Four Diamonds celebrated 40 years as Partners In The FightTM.

Today

We Inspire, Empower and Activate

About UsFour Diamonds continues to inspire, empower and activate youth and young adults in the fight to conquer childhood cancer. Since its creation in 1972, Four Diamonds has helped more than 4,000 children and families and supported a diverse platform of childhood cancer research at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, seeking improved treatments and cures to benefit kids around the world. Learn how we’re inspiring 90,000 students through philanthropy.

OUR FOUR DIAMONDS FAMILIES

Each year, more than 16,000 families in the United States hear “your child has cancer.” Hundreds of those families turn to Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, a nationally recognized leader in pediatric cancer care, to provide world-class treatment for their children. 

Four Diamonds also makes it possible for all of these children to receive the exceptional care they need regardless of the cost. Meet some of our incredible Four Diamonds families and hear their stories below, or visit us on Facebook and Instagram

FOUR DIAMONDS FINANCIALS

IMPACT REPORT AND OTHER FINANCIALS

All of our work is FTK® – For The Kids®. Four Diamonds is committed to improving the health and lives of children fighting cancer today, and those who will fight in the future.

2020 Impact Report

2019 Impact Report

2018 Impact Report

2018 Financials

2017 Impact Report

2017 Financials

2016 Impact Report

2016 Financials

2015 Financials

The Pennsylvania State University W-9 Form

The Pennsylvania State University Tax-Exempt Status

Patients Served by County and State Final

YOUR DONATION AT WORK

Four Diamonds is fiscally strong, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of individual donors, community events, Mini-THON® and THONTM. Four Diamonds has been able to assist 100% of the childhood cancer patients who have been treated at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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RELATIONSHIP TO PENN STATE AND OTHER BRANDS 

In 1963, The M.S. Hershey Foundation donated $50 million to The Pennsylvania State University to establish a medical school in Hershey. With this grant and $21.3 million from the U.S. Public Health Service, the University built a medical school, research center and teaching hospital—Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The University broke ground in 1966, and Penn State College of Medicine opened its doors to students in 1967. Penn State Hershey Medical Center accepted its first patients in 1970.

Since then, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Children’s Hospital are committed to enhancing the quality of life through improved health, the professional preparation of those who will serve the health needs of others and the discovery of knowledge that will benefit all.

Four Diamonds is an integral part of the delivery of this mission, providing financial support to ensure superior care and comprehensive support to childhood cancer patients and their families, and funding innovative research to learn how childhood cancer forms, how it can be treated and how treatments can be more effective to benefit those around the world. Additionally, Four Diamonds’ commitment to youth leadership and philanthropy through Mini-THON®  and THONTM are building future leaders, scientists, medical professionals and philanthropists committed to one common goal: conquering childhood cancer.

OUR COMMITMENT TO INCLUSION AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION

We are dedicated to, and accountable for, advancing equity and inclusion in all of its forms. We decry discrimination (personal and systemic) based on age, color, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy and religion.

We echo Penn State’s commitment to disrupting hate and bias whenever and wherever we encounter it, and to creating the most inclusive community that we possibly can – one that is free of bigotry and respects all people equally. We pledge to be actively anti-discriminatory.

On our team, we commit to increasing the representation of those who reflect our nation’s demographics yet are underrepresented in our workforce: Black, Brown and LGBTQ+ people, individuals with disabilities, and those who have military experience. We remain committed to serving our alumni and donors from all backgrounds. 

When we say “WE ARE,” we affirm that we’re stronger together and that prejudice has no place if we are to fulfill our mission of pursuing education, research and service for the common good.

Our Penn State RITE Values

Respect

  • Listen, hear and give credit
  • Embrace our diverse backgrounds, talents and perspectives
  • Be compassionate, thoughtful, considerate and kind

Integrity

  • Be the best you can be, every time
  • Have moral courage to ask hard questions of ourselves and others
  • Be consistent and fair

Teamwork

  • Commit to working together to ensure the best experience for co-workers, patients and trainees
  • Share knowledge for the benefit of the team
  • Earn the trust of your teammates

Excellence

  • Align personal performance with our mission, vision, values and strategic imperatives
  • Set personal goals and exceed expectations
  • Always be solution-focused

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FOUR DIAMONDS ADVISORY BOARD

Four Diamonds engages members of the community to provide support and advice.

Members of our Advisory Board are committed to advancing our mission to conquer childhood cancer.

JAYSON WOLFGANG
HARRISBURG, PA
CHAIR
PAM TURNER
STATE COLLEGE, PA
VICE-CHAIR
CHARLES & IRMA MILLARD
PORT TOWNSEND, WA
CO-FOUNDERS
JENNIFER MOYER
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
STACIA MILLARD BIRD
CAMAS, WA
PHILIP BRENCKLE
HUMMELSTOWN, PA
CHRISTOPHER COCORES
MECHANICSBURG, PA
MATT DESOTO
MILLERSBURG, PA
MARCIA PERRY DIX
HUMMELSTOWN, PA
JASON HEATH
HERSHEY, PA
MICHAEL BECK, M.D. 
HERSHEY, PA
RICK JORDAN III
CAMP HILL, PA
JUSTIN KUNKEL
YORK, PA
MEG KUTZ
HUMMELSTOWN, PA
ED MARSICO
HARRISBURG, PA
LISA MCGREGOR, M.D., PH.D.
HERSHEY, PA
BETH PEIFFER
HARRISBURG, PA
CHRISTY PIERCE
HUMMELSTOWN, PA
KATE COLGAN
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA
NADINE WAXENBERG
RYE, NY

 

FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBERS WITH VOTE

MICHAEL BECK, M.D. 
Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Penn State Health Children’s Hospital
LISA MCGREGOR, M.D., PH.D. 
Interim Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Professor of Pediatrics
Penn State Health Children’s Hospital and Penn State College of Medicine

THE EXTERNAL SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

The External Scientific Advisory Board provides peer review for our cancer research.

KATHLEEN M. SAKAMOTO, M.D., PH.D.

Professor and Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Department of Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

Stanford University School of Medicine
CCSR 1215C
269 Campus Drive
Stanford, CA 94305-5162 

SETH COREY, M.D., M.P.H.

Sharon Murphy-Steven Rosen Professor of Cancer Biology and Chemotherapy
Director, Pediatric Drug Development Center
Director, Bone Marrow Failure and Myelodysplastic Clinic
Co-director, Pediatric Hematology/oncology/stem Cell Transplant Fellowship
Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Departments of Pediatrics and Cell & Molecular Biology

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Lurie 5-107
303 E. Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

#PartnersInTheFight to conquer childhood cancer