Charles and Irma Millard established Four Diamonds in 1972 after the death of their 14 year old son, Christopher. Shortly before losing his battle with cancer, Christopher wrote a story about the great knight Sir Millard who sought out the four diamonds of Courage, Wisdom, Honesty, and Strength in order to be released from the evil grips of the sorceress. These diamonds symbolized the attributes that he believed were necessary to overcome cancer and thus Four Diamonds received its name.
The mission of the Four Diamonds is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research.
Each year, Four Diamonds provides direct support to approximately 600 children with cancer - 100 who are newly diagnosed and 500 who are continuing their fight. Since it's creation, Four Diamonds has helped more than 3,300 children and families, and supported a diverse platform of pediatric cancer research at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, seeking improved treatments and cures to benefit those around the world. 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.
Today, the Four Diamonds engages members of the community to serve on an Advisory Board to provide support and advice. Members of the Advisory Board are committed to helping to advance our mission to conquer childhood cancer.
Four Diamonds Carries Out Its Mission in Three Ways:
- Provide superior care to all children who are battling cancer at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital; a nationally ranked children's hospital with a team of expert physicians, nurses and therapy specialists.
- Provide comprehensive support to children and their families by paying for care and treatment not covered by insurance or other means as well as additional expenses that disrupt the welfare of the children.
- Fund innovative research to find groundbreaking new treatments and cures for childhood cancer at the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Center. These results are regularly shared through scientific journals and presentations—benefiting children worldwide.
To learn more, visit How Four Diamonds Helps Children Fighting Cancer.