In 1977, THON partnered with the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, and designated Four Diamonds as the sole beneficiary of THON’s fundraising efforts. THON still proudly supports the Four Diamonds Fund’s efforts to conquer childhood cancer. To date, THON has raised more than $101 million to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund.
The Four Diamonds Fund was established by Charles and Irma Millard after the death of their son, Christopher, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 11. Four Diamonds is named after a story that Chris wrote shortly before he lost his battle with cancer at the age of 14. In Chris’ story, a knight must find the Four Diamonds of Courage, Wisdom, Honesty and Strength in order to be released from captivity by an evil sorceress. The Four Diamonds are symbolic of the traits Chris believed were necessary to overcome cancer.
Four Diamonds offsets the cost of treatment that insurance does not cover, as well as expenses that may affect the welfare of the child. Four Diamonds supports the medical team that cares for the children and funds pediatric cancer research through start-up grants and the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Institute
To learn more information about the Four Diamonds Fund, visit their website at www.pennstatehershey.org/web/fourdiamonds/home.