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Four Diamonds Fund: The mission of The Four Diamonds Fund is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital and their families . Any family with a child being treated for pediatric cancer at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital is automatically eligible for support. The Fund has helped more than 2,000 families since 1972. Approximately 100 new families receive support each year. The Fund offsets the cost of treatment that insurance does not cover, as well as expenses that may disrupt the welfare of the child, such as car repairs, rent, or household utilities. The Fund 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.

THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world! The Penn State IFC/Pan-Hellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON, raises money for the Four Diamonds Fund. In 1973, a small group of dedicated Penn State students held the first Dance Marathon. That year, 39 dancer couples participated and raised $2,000. Since then, THONís presence in the Penn State community has grown exponentially. THON now has 15,000 student volunteers, 700 dancers, and has raised more than $69 million, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Childrenís Hospital.

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is not the only organization funding The Four Diamonds Fund and its fight against pediatric cancer. Schools across the state and surrounding region also hold multi-hour dance marathons, or Mini-THONs, to support The Fund.

Mini-THONs, which replicate THON on a smaller scale, donate the money raised directly to The Four Diamonds Fund. To date, Tunkhannock Area Middle School has raised $11,216.06. Another fundraising event will be held on June 12, 2011.


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