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…

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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.

5 Teams

We have grown into 5 teams of runners raising awareness and funds for the children at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

 160 Runners

Since our first team left Hershey in February 2007,  we have had over 160 runners carry the magic pack through Central Pennsylvania.

Over $500,000

We have raised over $500,000 since this crazy little race started – we are both honored & humbled by the tremendous generosity of so many.

95% donated

Because our volunteers make this event happen we have very few expenses.  More than 95% of funds raised each year goes directly to THON.