Hello Friends and Family!
Like many people, my family and friends have been impacted by pediatric cancer. I first became aware of Four Diamonds when my children participated in the MiniTHON program at their high school. I joined the Four Diamonds Advisory Board in 2016 and today I am honored to serve as its current chair.
Four Diamonds was founded by the Millard family in 1972 while their beloved son, Christopher, was battling cancer (https://www.fourdiamonds.org/about-us/). Before he died, Christopher penned a short story about a gallant knight who overcame an evil sorceress by winning the four diamonds of courage, wisdom, honesty and strength. It was a story of optimism and hope through the eyes of a child – that, like the sorceress, cancer would ultimately be conquered by the four diamonds.
With the help of THON at Penn State and MiniTHON programs around the country over the past five decades, Four Diamonds has received more than $200 million in contributions. With those funds, Four Diamonds has covered 100 percent of all medical expenses related to cancer care not covered by insurance for eligible Four Diamonds children. Thus, through superior care and comprehensive support, Four Diamonds has assisted more than 4,000 children and families battling pediatric cancer at Penn State Children’s Hospital. Four Diamonds also supports innovative research that benefits pediatric cancer patients everywhere around the world.
Thanks to Four Diamonds and the global fight against pediatric cancer, today 4 out of 5 pediatric cancer patients are cured. This represents tremendous improvement since Christopher Millard penned The Four Diamonds in 1973. But there is still work to be done! That’s why I support THON, MiniTHON programs and Four Diamonds, and I ask you to do the same. We stand today with families fighting pediatric cancer so that one day we will dance in celebration when pediatric cancer is eradicated – once and for all!
For The Kids®!
Chair, Four Diamonds Advisory Board 2021
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