The Hope Express- A Life Changing Display of Strength and Unconditional Love

Thank you seems so small for generosity that was so great.

Thank you runners for your inspiration- because of you my dreams are many and my heart is full again.

Thank you fellow moralers for your love and humor- because of you I laughed more then I ever thought I could again.

Thank you Four Diamonds families for your strength- I am now strong.

Thank you donors for your support- I know money is tight in all households, but you opened your heart to the kids and your wallets to me anyway. Because of your generosity, you are part of the $72, 000 Hope Express was able to contribute to the record-breaking $10.6 million THON raised FOR THE KIDS! Thank you!

All of you did it For the Kids and it is For the Kids that we will continue.

For the Glory (The Paterno Way). For the Run. For the Kids. We are… Penn State.


About The HOPE Express

"The Hope Express is a 135-mile run that was created with the intention of bridging the gap between the families on the 7th floor at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA and the Dancers at the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (aka THON). THON is a year round fundraising event benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund, Conquering Childhood Cancer. Over the past 34 years, the students of THON have raised more than $41 million and have helped thousands of children and families fight pediatric cancer.

The Hope Express will begin with a celebration for the families on Marathon Avenue, and will end at the Bryce Jordan Center to help kick off THON weekend.

The run will be completed by two teams of runners over a 24 hour period. This team will consist of THON alumni and Four Diamond families (past and present). Just as THON dancers participate in the no-sitting, no-sleeping, two day dance marathon held every February, enduring hours of fatigue, pain and delirium, the Hope Express runners will have to endure the cold, harsh, winter weather of a very cold night in February. Anyone involved in either activity understands that what they are going to endure does not compare to the harsh reality of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment. Everyone involved knows that they are playing a small albeit essential role in one of Penn State’s greatest and most unifying traditions." -

For more information on The HOPE Express, The Four Diamonds Fund, or the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (aka THON) visit these links.

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