It's that time of year again! I am taking a stand against childhood cancer by joining more than 90,000 Mini-THON® students who are fundraising for Four Diamonds. This year, my role in fundraising is a bit different. I recently got inducted into NJHS. The National Junior Honor Society is an international student organization that consists of chapters in middle schools; the inductees of this organization are selected upon leadership skills and GPA. As a member of NJHS, one of the primary events we organize is mini-THON, so this year I am setting myself to a higher standard.
Christopher Millard was 11 years old when he was first diagnosed with cancer. Shortly before he lost his three-year battle with cancer, he wrote a story about a great knight who sought out the four diamonds of courage, wisdom, honesty and strength, in order to be released from the grips of an evil sorceress. These diamonds symbolized the attributes that Christopher's family believed were necessary to overcome cancer. In honor of their son, Christopher's parents, Charles and Irma Millard, founded Four Diamonds to assist children and their families in the fight against childhood cancer. Through Four Diamonds, Chris Millard and his legendary story live on and serve as an inspiration for children and their families fighting cancer.
Four Diamonds and Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center entered into a charter with the mission of conquering childhood cancer by assisting children and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research.
Four Diamonds continues to inspire, empower and activate youth and young adults in the fight to conquer childhood cancer. Since its creation in 1972, Four Diamonds has helped more than 4,000 children and families and supported a diverse platform of childhood cancer research at Penn State Children’s Hospital, seeking improved treatments and cures to benefit kids around the world.
In the U.S., more children die from cancer than any other disease, with 16,000 kids diagnosed every year. The money I raise support some of the latest breakthroughs in childhood cancer research. Having a better understanding of how cancer works will help Four Diamonds’ researchers develop new, more effective treatments to test through clinical trials and save more lives.
Your support also ensures that every Four Diamonds child, regardless of income, receives the highest quality of childhood cancer care without ever seeing a bill for that care. But Four Diamonds needs your help to conquer childhood cancer. If you would like to learn more about Four Diamonds, click here.
Please support my efforts to save more kids fighting cancer by making a donation by December 10th.