How Four Diamonds Helps Children Fighting Cancer

How The Four Diamonds Fund helps children and their families in the fight against childhood cancer.

Financial Support
Four Diamonds covers all expenses for the care and treatment of the children not paid for by insurance or other means. In addition, Four Diamonds assists families with expenses that have the potential to disrupt the welfare of their child, by paying for necessary expenses such as car repairs, rent, or household utilities.

Medical Team Support
Four Diamonds supports staff members who provide comprehensive care through a team comprised of pediatric oncologists, nurse specialists, social workers, child life specialists, a clinical nutritionist, a clinical psychologist, and a music therapist.

Research Support
Since 1993, Four Diamonds has annually supported research projects that relate to pediatric cancer conducted at the Penn State College of Medicine. In 1999, the Fund established the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Center with a $5 million commitment from the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, which they completed in three years, two years ahead of their anticipated date. The goal of the endowment is to positively impact the lives of children with cancer around the world, now and in the future. Dr. Barbara A. Miller holds the Christopher Millard Chair for Pediatric Research.  Since then the endowment for research has grown to over $30 million.

How Funds Are Raised
The Four Diamonds mission is made possible thanks to the generosity of donors, including 100+ individuals, Mini-THONs, and THON.

Because of the community's steady and generous support, Four Diamonds has been able to assist 100% of the pediatric cancer patients who have been treated at Penn State Hershey.

How Funds Are Allocated
Committees consisting of Four Diamonds Advisory Board members and Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital staff and administrators annually review requests for funding to cover expenses in the areas of patient care, clinical operations, research, and administration.  The committees review the requests and make recommendations to the Dean of the College of Medicine who gives the final approval of the annual allocation of funds. 


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