Get Involved: Fundraise for Childhood Cancer

Childhood Cancer Research Works

In the U.S., about 43 children get cancer diagnoses each day — around 16,000 children each year. Your support makes a difference in their care and recovery.

Contributing to cancer research brings advancements that improve care for children with cancer. Thanks to medical advances, the 5-year cancer survival rate has increased by 42% since the 1970s. Research has contributed to over 500,000 U.S. cancer survivors. 

Cancer research has many purposes, primarily improving survival. Scientists also aim to minimize later harmful effects and boost early detection and prevention. The positive results already seen through cancer research can only get better with added support for life-saving treatments and care. 

How to Donate

At Four Diamonds, we offer various donation options that support childhood cancer awareness and research. You can choose one to suit your situation. Whether you want to send us a check or use gift matching to maximize the impact of your support, we offer a convenient and straightforward process. All information, including mailing addresses, is available online. Individuals can choose their preferred option and read more details as they prepare to donate.

Childhood Cancer Research Data

Our secure website ensures your credit card, along with all other information you submit, will be processed in a safe and protected environment. After making your gift online, you will receive an online confirmation and can expect an acknowledgment (tax receipt) via email or mail. Donate Online Now.

Set up convenient recurring monthly or annual gifts through our safe, protected website, using your credit card.

Call Four Diamonds at 717-531-6086 or the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 717-531-8497.

Send a check or money order made out to “Four Diamonds” to:

Four Diamonds

P.O. Box 852

Hershey, PA 17033

Gift planning offers you the chance to donate to Four Diamonds now or after your lifetime, helping you align your charitable giving with your overall financial and real estate plans. Many giving options offer you financial benefits, allowing you to make the most significant impact on our mission while maintaining the future security of you and your loved ones.

To learn more about how you can leave a legacy gift to Four Diamonds, please contact The Pennsylvania State University Gift Planning office, which assists with these types of gifts.

Donating appreciated securities is an excellent way to support Four Diamonds. It may also provide you with significant tax benefits.

To learn more about donating stocks, bonds and mutual funds to Four Diamonds, please contact The Pennsylvania State University Gift Planning office who assists with these types of gifts.

Matching gifts are a great way to maximize personal contributions to Four Diamonds and increase the gift’s impact. By taking advantage of your company’s matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of a contribution.

So how is your gift matched?

Four Diamonds receives our tax-exempt status from the Pennsylvania State University. Our Tax ID # is 24-6000376.

  1. Click here to see if your company has a matching gift program.
  2. If so, request a matching form from your company.
  3. Complete and submit the form and return it to the company.
  4. The company will then issue a matching gift contribution to Penn State.

Completed forms can be sent with your personal gift to:

The Pennsylvania State University

One Old Main

University Park, PA 16802

So Many Ways to Get Involved

Beyond individual contributions, Four Diamonds offers plenty of ways to support childhood cancer research so that people of all ages can get involved with improving childhood cancer treatment. Involvement opportunities range from K-12 programs in schools to events you can plan and host. Aiding the fight against childhood cancer takes many forms, and we’re sure you’ll find the right fit for you. 

Customized Individual and Group Fundraising

Four Diamonds makes it easy for you to take your interests and passions and turn them into a cancer fundraiser that supports our mission, For The Kids®. You’ll have the chance to host an event — all while doing whatever you love most.

To get involved, all you have to do is come up with an idea, create a Four Diamonds fundraising page, raise funds and help us conquer childhood cancer. Some ideas include hosting a sporting event, a bake sale or an endurance challenge like walking or swimming. You can also host a fundraiser whenever you celebrate a personal milestone like a birthday, graduation or wedding.

No matter what kind of fundraiser you choose, you’ll be giving hope and financial support to childhood cancer patients and their families.

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Support Four Diamonds through Penn State THON

The largest student-run philanthropy in the world, led by students at The Pennsylvania State University, the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) is a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign. This effort engages more than 16,500 students who are committed to one goal: conquering childhood cancer.

Since 1977, THON has raised more than $236 million to benefit Four Diamonds and our mission. To make a gift, visit

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K-12 Student Philanthropy and Fundraising: Mini-THON®

Four Diamonds Mini-THON® empowers K-12 students to help in the fight against childhood cancer by involving their school and the local community in fun multi-hour events. In addition to fundraising, planning and hosting dances, activities and games, students also work on their problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills.

This cancer fundraising effort, which lasts for the entire school year, enables students to select an advisor, recruit friends and then plan an event. With plenty of training materials and step-by-step guides, students will have everything they need to make their Mini-THON® a roaring success.

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Awareness Month: Play For The Kids

Have fun while raising funds and supporting childhood cancer patients with Four Diamonds’ Play For The Kids. This fundraising activity allows anyone — no matter their age or location — to play like a kid during the year culminating with a celebration in September — Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Whether you choose to fundraise to fight childhood cancer with a fitness challenge or a game night, or you decide to donate to Play For The Kids, you’ll help provide superior care, comprehensive support and innovative pediatric cancer research.

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Corporate Philanthropy and Giving Opportunities

Beyond individual involvement, many opportunities exist to engage your business efforts with Four Diamonds. Your company can positively impact the community while achieving business goals. Corporate philanthropy works differently for every enterprise, and our organization can work with you to discover the right opportunities.

​Cause-Related Marketing

By partnering with Four Diamonds on a cause-related marketing (CRM) or corporate giving program, we can help you reach your business goals while giving back to the community. Our staff will work with you to design, create and activate a custom program that fits your business needs, engages your employees and meets the needs of your customers as well.

Why Should You Become Our Partners In The Fight?

  • Significant impact: As a business, you can make a large collective impact on the children and families supported by Four Diamonds.
  • Brand recognition: Co-branding allows you to reach new markets by associating yourself with other organizations.
  • Positive image: Partnering in the fight for causes like childhood cancer treatment builds a positive image toward consumers.
  • Employee engagement: Employees prefer working for companies that support local causes.
  • Increased sales: Studies indicate consumers will choose to shop at companies that support important charitable causes (*Cone Cause Marketing Research).

Examples of Cause-Related Marketing (CRM) Campaigns

  • Icon or pinup sales
  • Designating a portion of proceeds to Four Diamonds (quarterly, monthly, etc.).
  • Change collection or round up promotions
  • Retail product or service sales with proceeds benefitting Four Diamonds
  • Social media promotions

Additional Opportunities

  • Employee giving: Offering payroll deductions to your employees demonstrates you care about them and their interests.
  • Event sponsorship: Demonstrate your commitment to conquering childhood cancer by sponsoring a Four Diamonds event, including Play For The Kids, Mini-THON® Leadership Summit and local Mini-THON® programs. THON sponsorships are also available.
  • Matching gifts: Match your employees’ contributions to Four Diamonds and demonstrate your support of employee charitable giving.

Volunteer to Help Kids Fighting Cancer

Offering your time and energy makes a significant difference for kids fighting cancer and the researchers working to find a cure. You can volunteer directly with us or work with the local hospital that treats child cancer patients. Service opportunities abound, with options for everyone from teens to adults.

Volunteer at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

To volunteer at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, please contact Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Volunteer Services or apply here.

Make an In-Kind Donation for the Children’s Hospital

In-kind gifts are a donation of goods or services, other than money, to a charitable organization.

Spending time in the hospital can be difficult for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for children and their families. All in-kind gifts to Penn State Health Children’s Hospital are managed by Child Life. Please contact Child Life at [email protected] or call 717-531-8366 to discuss donation opportunities.

Your Support Helps Save Lives

Want to learn more about the children who benefit from your support? One Four Diamonds child Sarah recently celebrated eight years since completing treatment. Sarah received a cancer diagnosis at the age of two. After diagnosis, she quickly began treatment and finished in 2015. Now, she’s about to enter fifth grade and has many hobbies, including dancing, reading and playing soccer.

Colby, another Four Diamonds child, is over six years cancer free. He underwent treatment as a child, but now he’s a teen and heading off to college at Liberty University. He plans to study criminal justice.

Some Four Diamonds children are now adults doing their own incredible work for children with cancer. As a child, Brady had two cancer diagnoses and underwent treatment with help from Four Diamonds. Now he’s an author who has written a book to educate children about cancer so they feel empowered in their journeys, regardless of their age. 

Start Fundraising for Children’s Cancer Research and Treatment Today

With countless ways to get involved and support our mission, Four Diamonds makes it easy for you to start supporting childhood cancer research and treatment. Whether you donate online, host an event or volunteer, you’ll be making a difference in the lives of childhood cancer patients and their families.

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