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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.

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.

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.

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.

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