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

Four Diamonds is on a mission to change this reality.

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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 Children's Hospital. 

Since its creation in 1972, Four Diamonds has helped nearly 4,000 children and families and supported a diverse platform of childhood cancer research at Penn State Children's Hospital, seeking improved treatments and cures to benefit kids around the world.

Penn State 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 three other specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 rankings.

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

our history

 

1969
Sir Millard

Christopher Millard

Christopher 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

Charles and Irma Millard

In 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

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterFour 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.

 

 

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

To date, THON has raised more than $150 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

Four 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 nearly 4,000 children and families and supported a diverse platform of childhood cancer research at Penn State Children’s Hospital, seeking improved treatments and cures to benefit kids around the world. Learn how we're inspiring 90,000 students through philanthropy.

Meet 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 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

four diamonds FINANCIALS

IMPACT REPORT AND OTHER FINANCIALS

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

2017 Impact Report

2017 Financials

Patients Served by County and State

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 2017

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 Children’s Hospital.

 

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 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 helping to build future leaders, scientists, medical professionals and philanthropists committed to one common goal: conquering childhood cancer.

four diamonds Advisory Board

Four Diamonds engages members of the community to serve on our Advisory Board to provide support and advice. Members of the Advisory Board are committed to advancing our mission to conquer childhood cancer.

MARK KANDRYSAWTZ
York, PA
Chair

JENNIFER MOYER
Mount Pleasant, SC
Vice-Chair

CHARLES & IRMA MILLARD
Port Townsend, WA
Co-Founders
SHAYNE BEECHER
Lancaster, PA
STACIA MILLARD BIRD
Camas, WA
PHILIP BRENKLE
Hummelstown, PA
MATT DESOTO
Millersburg, PA
RANDY FACKLER
Hummelstown, PA
MEG KUTZ
Hummelstown, PA
JOHN LAWN
Hershey, PA
KELLY MCCREADY
State College, PA
BARBARA A. MILLER, M.D.
Hershey, PA
TOM STOESSEL
Grantville, PA
PAM TURNER
State College, PA
LESLIE WALKER-HARDING, M.D.
Hershey, PA
JAYSON WOLFGANG
Harrisburg, PA
KAREN YARRISH
Harrisburg, PA
     

 

Faculty and Staff Members with Vote

LESLIE WALKER-HARDING, M.D. 
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Penn State Children's Hospital
BARBARA A. MILLER, M.D. 
Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Professor of Pediatrics and Biochemistry and Oncology
Vice Chairman of Research, Department of Pediatrics
Christopher Millard Chair for Pediatric Oncology Reseach
TOM STOESSEL
Chief, Network Development Officer
Penn State Health


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

four diamonds Staff

Suzanne Graney, CFRE
Suzanne Graney, CFRE

Executive Director

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Katie Anderson
Katie Anderson

Associate Director, Community and Corporate Engagement

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Rebecca Beidler
Rebecca Beidler

Administrative Assistant, Mini-THON®

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Jennifer Chornak
Jennifer Chornak

Administrative Assistant

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Anne Louise DeBord
Anne Louise DeBord

Associate Director, Mini-THON®

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Logan Echard
Logan Echard

Online Giving Coordinator

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Gail Frassetta
Gail Frassetta

Associate Director, Mini-THON®

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Alex Hannaway
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Mini-THON® Intern

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Madison Hartzell
Madison Hartzell

Associate Director, Mini-THON®

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Leigh Anna Hilbert
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Associate Director, Mini-THON®

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Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson

Volunteer Coordinator

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Matt Marzzacco
Matt Marzzacco

Associate Director, Mini-THON®

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Kristen Masengarb
Kristen Masengarb

Director, Mini-THON®

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Laura Nolen
Laura Nolen

Tour Coordinator

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Michael Ringenbach, MPH
Michael Ringenbach, MPH

Associate Director

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Lindsay Spinabelli
Lindsay Spinabelli

Communications Intern

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Alek Tomazin
Alek Tomazin

Associate Director, Mini-THON®

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Kelly Walker
Kelly Walker

Communications Manager

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