We started The Hope Express ten years ago because of a tremendous need we had to pay back The Four Diamonds Fund for giving us a future with our son. In 2006 we decided to run to THON with a few simple goals: to give back and raise awareness for the Four Diamonds Fund, by running through the communities of central Pennsylvania. By doing this, we could bridge the gap between the children at Penn State Children’s Hospital and the students at Penn State. You all know the rest of the story because you helped to write it.
Over the next 10 years, what started with 15 runners and a few volunteers would evolve into a year-round charity, with several events raising more than $650,000 for THON. We’ve had over 200 runners carry the magic pouch through Central Pennsylvania, stopping at countless local businesses who have supported us along the way.
We celebrated our 10th Anniversary last February, running with a record 5 teams. What we didn’t realize at the time was that this would be our last run. We will not be running to THON in February 2017. The decision to end the running of the Hope Express is not one that has been taking lightly. We will retain the rights to “The Hope Express” and the trademark rights to “Hopester”. Moving forward, the use of either of these items is forbidden without written consent.
We want to thank everyone who has helped with our “crazy little run.” Especially our volunteers, local business owners, our drivers, moralers, and most of all our runners. Thank you only goes so far when your gratitude is so deep. Thank you for believing in this silly little idea and making it bigger than life. Thank you for welcoming our family into your hearts. Thank you for carrying the mission of Four Diamonds with you every day.
Stay in touch, keep the friendships that have formed alive and come knocking on our door often. You are always welcome with open arms and a tremendous hug. We love each and every one of you. May you be blessed with good health and happiness always.
Welcome to The Hope Express
The Hope Express is a tribute to the Four Diamonds kids and their families. By running 135/140 miles through central Pennsylvania, our participants raise awareness for The Four Diamonds Fund while honoring the courageous battle these families fight every day. We run to bridge the gap between the families at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital in Hershey, PA and the Dancers at the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (aka THON).
The Magic Pouch
In real life cancer has become a plague. It is talked about in silent whispers and prayers for it to stay away. But all too often cancer wins. If cancer were an invading enemy, we would not sit by idly, yet this is exactly what we do. We watch as the enemy comes to our shores. We watch as it invades our homes and neighborhoods. We watch as it kills our friends, our families, and worst of all, our children. In The Magic Pouch, the enemy is brought on by an evil witch by the name of Cancer. She embraces everything about the disease, making it her own and choosing to make others suffer as she has. The solution, as is almost always the case, lies in a small group of individuals who will not accept defeat. They gather together with seemingly nothing in common except their willingness to accept an impossible mission: to defeat the evil witch, Cancer. These warriors face incredible odds, but, undaunted, they press forward with a plan to cure the curse of Cancer once and for all. In the middle of a brutal winter night, a 24-hour quest has begun. One hundred and thirty-five miles and three horrible menaces stand between these brave warriors and victory— but time is running out…
10 Years of Hope
We are beyond excited to be entering our 10th year. Thank you to everyone who has helped to get us here.
We have grown into 5 teams of runners raising awareness and funds for the children at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
Since our first team left Hershey in February 2007, we have had over 200 runners carry the magic pack through Central Pennsylvania.
We have raised over $600,000 since this crazy little race started – we are both honored & humbled by the tremendous generosity of so many.
Because our volunteers make this event happen we have very few expenses. More than 95% of funds raised each year goes directly to THON.