The Conquer Run, a competitive 5K run and fun walk through Hersheypark, raised more than $132,665 for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital and the fight against childhood cancer. The event, which was held September 24 and drew more than 1,000 participants, was supported by presenting sponsor The Hershey Company.
Cancer kills more children in the United States than any other disease – more than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Treatment outcomes for children with cancer have improved greatly in the past 50 years, but the reality is one in five children with cancer will still die of their disease within five years. Four Diamonds is working to save all children from this life-changing diagnosis.
“The Conquer Run is an opportunity for children, families and every member of our community to join us as Partners in the FightTM to conquer childhood cancer and to ensure every child fighting cancer at Penn State Children's Hospital has the resources they need to wage their personal cancer battle,” said Suzanne Graney, executive director of Four Diamonds. “September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but our work does not end on September 30. We will continue our work to raise awareness of childhood cancer and raise necessary funds to continue the life-saving research underway at Penn State College of Medicine to benefit children everywhere.”
The Four Diamonds mission is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research. www.FourDiamonds.org
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 its creation in 1972, Four Diamonds has helped more than 3,700 children and families and supported a diverse platform of pediatric cancer research projects at Penn State Children’s Hospital and Penn State College of Medicine. Our goal is to improve new treatments and, ultimately, find a cure for children around the world.
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